Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
As legislation changes in Kansas, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the prospect of medical marijuana in Kansas.
Kansas is one of the few states without any law that supports the benefits of medical cannabis. But surveys have shown that close to 70% of Kansas voters want patients to have access to medical marijuana to treat critical medical conditions like seizures, HIV/AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Different house bills including SB 155 and SB 187 have been introduced to the Kansas Legislature in 2017 to create medical marijuana programs. As of February 2017, Senate Bill 187 died in committee.
The Senate Bill SB 155 of 2017 sponsored by Senator David Haley proposes the enactment of a Cannabis Compassion and Care Act. This act will permit the legal use of marijuana for some debilitating conditions and enable compassion care centers to get registered.
The legislation will also authorize the issuing of ID cards to patients, caregivers and agents of dispensaries while establishing a compassion board that will administer the act under the state department of health. It’ll also amend existing legislation that makes all possession of marijuana illegal in the state.
However, the main motivation for passing this bill may not only be the desire to help patients with serious medical conditions, but rather the dwindling budgetary revenues of the state of Kansas. Sen. Haley observed that since Colorado legalized the use of marijuana for medical treatment and recreation, their tax revenues have risen by $129 million. With the increase in moderate lawmakers in the Legislature following the November 2016 elections, Haley is optimistic that the bill will be approved.
Presently, it’s a criminal offense to possess any quantity of marijuana either for personal use or for distribution. However, recent legislation has reduced the possession of small amounts of marijuana to a Class B misdemeanor, which attracts a fine of not more than $1,000 and a maximum jail term of six months. If the amount of marijuana found with a person is 450 grams or greater, it’s regarded as a drug severity felony that attracts a fine of $100,000 or lower and 10 to 42 months of imprisonment.
Additionally, cultivation of marijuana is not allowed for medical or recreational use. Growing between four to 50 plants will be punished by a 46- to 83-month jail term and a fine that is $300,000 or less. Having between 50 to 100 plants is punishable by a 92- to 144-month jail term and a fine of up to $500,000.
In Kansas, telemedicine is defined as the use of communication equipment to connect healthcare professionals and patients in two different locations. This technology is used by healthcare providers to increase cost efficiency, reduce transport expenses, improve patient access to specialists, improve communication between healthcare providers and offer patients a better quality of care.
Telemedicine services are available for all types of healthcare providers. But doctors must have established a provider-patient relationship before writing a prescription. Prescriptions for controlled substances like marijuana are not yet included in the state’s telemedicine regulations.
Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Kansas in our definitive guide of Kansas’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Kansas’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.
Read Kansas’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Kansas’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation.
Get detailed information about the steps required to apply for and receive the proposed Kansas medical marijuana card. Our detailed guide on this process will help you get your card quickly as long as you’re qualified to use medical cannabis.
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