TOPEKA, Kan. — The debate over medical marijuana continues in Kansas.
Lawmakers recently introduced a couple of new bills in the legislature with the goal of getting some type of legislation approved.
On the other side of the state line, Missouri marijuana sales are through the roof. Since Missouri medicinal sales started in October 2020, vendors have made $642 million. With recreational sales also in play as of Friday, that number is expected to grow.
In Kansas, growing support for medicinal pot is happening slower than some would like.
“The dynamics are a little bit different. If you look back three to four years ago, the efforts were very grassroots,” said State Senator Cindy Holscher, a Democrat from Overland Park.
She serves on the Senate’s Federal and State Affairs Committee, which just received a bill last week that would regulate the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale, and use of medical cannabis. The committee also got a second bill Tuesday, which says veterans would be a part of the patient system first.
Holscher hopes the bills make it to Governor Laura Kelly’s desk, after the House approved a similar bill last year but got left behind in the Senate.
“I’ve been hearing from other lawmakers that they figure something’s going to happen at the very end of the session,” she said.
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