Updated on April 25, 2018.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Kansas Medical Marijuana Facts
Even though advocates have been trying for years to make positive change, one of the most unfortunate medical marijuana facts for Kansas is that all forms of the drug — even cannabidiol (CBD) oil — remain illegal. A state representative introduced a bill during the 2016 legislative session to provide in-state access to CBD oil, and it passed the House by a resounding 81-36 vote.
However, the Senate failed to act on the bill, leaving thousands of seriously ill patients in limbo. At least it was a somewhat positive step, though, because many previous medical marijuana bills have been introduced over the past few years and none of them passed in either the House or the Senate.
Marijuana Facts for Kansas
- In 2016, the legislature passed a bill that would reduce marijuana possession. Even with recent legislation to make the punishment less severe, one of the Kansas marijuana facts that can’t be denied is the state of Kansas has perhaps one of the most draconian marijuana laws in the country. Possession of any amount of marijuana, even one single gram, could possibly land you in prison for up to a year, as well as a $1,000 fine.
- If you are caught with marijuana as a subsequent offense (meaning that this is not your first offense for this issue and you have been convicted or arrested in the past), you could be convicted of a felony and face up to three and a half years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
- Despite harsh penalties in the state of Kansas, increasing arrest rates, and hundreds of thousands of families affected, marijuana use has actually gone up 1.74% in Kansas over the last four years.
- A poll conducted by Fort Hays State University showed an overwhelming majority of Kansas residents – 63% — favor decriminalization of weed. In 2015, the city of Wichita voted to decriminalize possession of the plant within city limits by a 55% to 45% vote. First-time offenders will be given a $50 fine. However, the state’s attorney general threatened to sue the city, arguing no municipality has the authority to reduce the penalties for cannabis possession. The Kansas Supreme Court ultimately struck down the initiative.
- Shona Banda, a resident of Garden City, was arrested in 2015 for possessing pot in order to treat her Crohn’s disease. Her son spoke of his mother’s use of marijuana — Child Protective Services later removed him from the home and placed him with Banda’s ex-husband. Meanwhile, Banda was facing up to 30 years in prison for possession.
- Ten sheriffs from Kansas as well as other states sued the state of Colorado over its legalization of weed. They allege that Colorado’s weed laws had placed an “undue burden” on law enforcement agencies in surrounding states.
- However, Kansas state senator David Haley proposed a bill to legalize weed, arguing Colorado has seen a substantial increase in tax revenues since doing the same thing.
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