Kansas House Committee Considers Medical Marijuana Law
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 03/17/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws
In Kansas yesterday, the Health and Human Services committee held an informational to discuss a medical marijuana bill proposed by Rep. Gail Finney (D-Witchita) that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes—which means Kansas could be the next state to pass a medical marijuana law. The proposed bill would allow state-licensed doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients in Kansas with serious illnesses, and allow qualified patients to legally cultivate their own marijuana or obtain it from state-regulated, non-profit dispensaries.
Kansas currently has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country, with the possession of any amount of marijuana delivering up to a one year prison sentence and a $1000 fine. Repeat offenders face felony charges, with penalties of up to 3.5 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Kansas patients who use marijuana for medical reasons are subject to these strict penalties, but if Finney’s proposed bill passes, they would be free to use the medicine they need without facing fines or jail time.
Medical marijuana, (also referred to as medical cannabis, medical weed, medicinal marijuana and medical pot) is an affordable, safe and effective alternative to many expensive, ineffective and highly addictive prescription medicines. It is used by thousands of patients for the treatment of countless medical conditions.
14 states have passed medical marijuana laws since 1996, and soon more than half of the United States could have medical marijuana laws in place within the next year. Kansas is just one of 13 states with medical marijuana bills and legislation currently pending. Other states include Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.