House moves forward with a medical marijuana legalization bill in Kansas; Senate won’t follow

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas House has moved forward with a medical marijuana legalization bill in Kansas. The vote was 79-42. The Senate isn’t expected to consider it in the final days of the annual session

Although some legalization advocates were hopeful that strong support for the bill among Republicans in the House would spur Senate leaders to debate it this session, Senate President Ty Masterson’s spokesperson, Mike Pirner, told The Associated Press that a budget bill and school funding legislation have taken priority this week.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 states have a comprehensive medical or recreational program, while 11 allow limited medical use of low-THC cannabidiol products.

View the Kansas House’ proceedings live below:

Earlier this week, a House committee approved the measure to send it to the full House, a first in Kansas.

The bill known as House Substitute for SB158 cleared the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs in a 12 to 8 vote, according to KSNT’s Capitol Bureau. After receiving some amendments, it was sent to the House.

To view the complete bill, click here.

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