Kansas lawmakers reject medical marijuana push

Capitol Bureau

An attempt to legalize medical marijuana was shot down by the Kansas House Monday. 

Kansas lawmakers spent more than an hour debating an amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana.

The amendment was offered on a bill to legalize the sale and production of certain hemp-based products like CBD oils that don’t contain THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.

During the debate, many lawmakers shared personal stories about how medical marijuana has helped people they’ve known suffering from cancer or other conditions. 

However, some lawmakers said because the amendment was more than 100 pages there wasn’t enough time to properly vet it. 

“On a 116 page bill that most of us have not read, and we don’t have a fiscal note, this is not the place for it,” said State Rep. John Whitmer, R-Wichita. 

Others argued the amendment was needed since House leadership has kept the bill from having a public hearing.

“There is no reason, no reason we shouldn’t let our doctors have available to them all that they should when treating various disease and disorders,” said State Rep. Vic Miller, D-Topeka. 

The amendment failed on a 54-69 vote. 

The underlying bill to legalize CBD oils advanced to a final action vote which is scheduled for Tuesday. 

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