Sen. Rob Olson, shown earlier this month, voiced optimism over a medical marijuana bill. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)
TOPEKA — Medical marijuana may have a future in Kansas after all, though lawmakers are still uncertain whether any medical marijuana legislation will garner support in the Senate, or wither away like previous medical marijuana bills.
After months of bipartisan information-gathering on the structure, taxation, and other processes that would be part of legalizing medical marijuana across the state, lawmakers from the 2022 Special Committee on Medical Marijuana said they had all the information needed to make another attempt at a medical marijuana bill.
During the committee’s last meeting Thursday, Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, committee chair, said he was confident that new legislation would cover all necessary ground.
“We’ll be able to have a bill out of all the stuff, all the testimonies come through here, that will be as good as any bill in the country. And if this issue passes, I believe it’ll be a bill that most Kansans can be proud of,” Olson said.
Rep. John Eplee, R-Atchison, questioned Olson on support for medical marijuana legislation in the Senate, referencing last year’s failed attempt.
“Do you think that with your input and oversight of the information we received during this interim, that we’ll…