TOPEKA (KSNT)- As Kansas lawmakers consider whether to legalize medical marijuana, hundreds of Kansans are crossing the state line to take advantage of legal weed in Missouri.
During a hearing for a medical marijuana bill on Wednesday, Debbi Beavers, director of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division, said that more than 400 Kansans hold medical cards in Missouri.
“I reached out to the Missouri Division of Cannabis Regulation, and I was surprised to find out, when they voted for adult-use cannabis, that beginning Dec. 8 they were able to accept applications for medical cards for non-residents… According to their records, 458 Kansans now hold a Missouri medical card. That’s since Dec. 8,” Beavers said.
Beavers provided neutral testimony during a hearing in the state’s Senate Federal and State Affairs committee.
Lawmakers are taking up Senate Bill 135, which would create the medical cannabis regulation act. However, with just weeks left in session, some marijuana advocates are concerned about where the bill stands.
“Just because you may not like this particular topic does not mean that we should tuck it in the corner of a committee room,” said Tuck Duncan, a representative for the Kansas Cannabis Industry Association.
The Kansas House has passed medical marijuana legislation in the past. Advocates are hoping the bill is put up for debate in the Senate…
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