Kansas House Bill 2244, known as Claire and Lola’s Law, has passed the Kansas House by a vote of 89-35. It will now move onto the Kansas Senate.
The bill would allow parents to travel to Colorado to get THC oil and bring it back into Kansas legally.
Gwen Hartley’s daughter, Lola, is 12 years old and has microcephaly, cerebral palsy and dwarfism.
Hartley said she and her husband, Scott, are willing to make the seven-hour trip to Colorado to get low THC oil to help Lola with her seizures. The oil is derived from the marijuana plant, but contains small amounts of THC, which is the psychoactive canniboid that causes a high.
Because low THC oil is illegal in Kansas, Hartley cannot bring it back into the state without fear of being arrested or having her daughter taken away.
The couple has already lost one of their daughters, Claire, due to the same medical problems that Lola experiences.
Bill 2244 says, “it would prohibit state agencies and political subdivisions from initiating child removal proceedings or child protection actions or proceedings based solely upon the parent’s or child’s possession or use of cannabidiol (CBD) treatment preparation, which would be defined to mean an oil including cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) and having a delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol concentration of no more than 5 percent that has been tested by a third-party, independent laboratory.”
A Topeka physician and representative of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, a representative of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and a representative of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Kansas Peace Officers Association and Kansas Sheriffs’ Association testified in opposition to the bill.
Last year, Kansas lawmakers approved cannabidiol products. It was as long as the oil contained no THC.