Kansas took its first step this past week in joining 40 other states in the U.S. that are growing industrial hemp, according to a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Kansas Marijuana News and Politics
Moran, Jerry - (R - KS)
521 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Sen. Moran is up for re-election in 2016
Roberts, Pat - (R - KS)
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State marijuana law from FindLaw.com:
While states across the nation, starting with Colorado and Washington, have decided to legalize recreational marijuana, Kansas still considers marijuana to be a controlled substance that shouldn’t be used recreationally by its residents. In fact, Kansas doesn’t even have legalized medical marijuana, although about half the states do allow cannabis for medical purposes. In 2014, a compassionate cannabis bill died in a Kansas senate committee, but future reform is possible.
Marijuana Policy Project on Kansas:
Last update: July 21, 2015
Possession of any amount of marijuana — even a single gram — can land Kansans in jail for up to a year, as well as a $1,000 fine. If they’re caught with marijuana again, they could be convicted of a felony and face up to three and a half years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Studies have shown that these types of harsh penalties do not reduce marijuana consumption rates and law enforcement efforts take time away from serious crime. Instead, they cost taxpayers money and needlessly ruin lives. It’s time for a different approach. Based on 2012 figures reported by state law enforcement to the FBI, there were over 4,700 arrests or citations for marijuana-related offenses during the year in Kansas, most of them for possession. During the same period, over 92% of all burglaries, including home invasions, and over 66% of all reported rapes went unsolved by law enforcement.
Positive discussion continues in 2015, but no policy improvements
During the now-closed 2015 legislative session, two long-time advocates for compassionate medical marijuana laws again sponsored bills to create a workable medical marijuana system. Sen. David Haley and Rep. Gail Finney introduced identical bills that would have allowed patients to safely access and use medical cannabis, as is the case in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, both bills died this session. Seventy percent of Kansans support medical marijuana, which received a resolution in support from the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature.
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