It looks like Kansas might be the next state to hop on legalized medical marijuana train. The state’s Senator, David Haley, said that the legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas is inevitable. The state has introduced companion bills in the House and Senate, SB 9 and HB 2011, that would allow patients to medical marijuana.
“We have to get this done,” Haley said. “Everyone in this Capitol knows that one day, one day, medical marijuana will be available in every one of the 50 states. We know that. The question is … will Kansas be the 24th state or the 50th?”
Technical420 sees this move as the common sense tactic. There is just no reason why it should not be legal in Kansas, and every other state that does not permit the use of medical marijuana. Kansas expects that the legalization of medical marijuana would generate $1.3 million in additional tax revenue for the state.
The state has at least one Republican lawmaker on board. Rep. J. Basil Dannebohm. Dannenbohm said one of his constituents has a child who suffers seizures who could be helped by medical marijuana. “I don’t know if it’s breaking party lines. I don’t know if this is a party issue. You know I had a young constituent come to me with a son … who has 30 seizures a day. They’ve tried everything,” he said. “A child deserves to live a semi-normal life. How can I in good conscience not at least explore the opportunity?”
“It’s about getting voices heard. It’s about getting the data. It’s about getting over the stigma. I mean, my goodness gracious, alcohol was considered evil for quite a time in Kansas history,” Dannebohm said. “Let’s start a dialogue. Let’s start a conversation.”