Kansas heads toward a medical marijuana debate

January 17, 2020 - 6:44 pm

Kansas lawmakers expect this year to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana. 

They're fueling high hopes for advocates who've been stymied by state's prohibitionist roots and a Republican-controlled Legislature. 

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill. A House committee has also committed itself to reviewing the issue, and its members had a brief, informal debate in the year's first meeting earlier this week. 

Legislators in both parties concede that they're being forced to consider the issue more seriously because conservative neighbors Missouri and Oklahoma legalized the medical use of marijuana through ballot initiatives.

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