In Kansas (and thirteen other states) cannabis is still fully illegal. The state has no measures to decriminalize use or possession, no authorizations for medical use, and harsh mandatory minimums that include a year of imprisonment for first-time possession offenses. When Colorado legalized adult-use in 2014, 10 sheriffs from Kansas even sued their neighboring state because of it. In short, Kansas is not a cannabis-friendly state. But two state legislators are aiming to change that this year. Rep. Gail Finney and Sen. Tom Holland have announced their plans to introduce bills to legalize cannabis for medical use.
Patient Advocacy Group “Bleeding Kansas” Behind Efforts to Legalize Medical Cannabis
While both bills propose to legalize cannabis for medical use in Kansas, they each adopt a different approach. The first bill, sponsored by Rep. Gail Finney (D-84th), is the best for patients and their families. The second bill, to be introduced by Sen. Tom Holland (D-3rd), adopts a more conservative approach.
A patient advocacy group that has previously introduced medical marijuana legislation, Bleeding Kansas, is the organization helping to draft Rep. Finney’s bill. Lisa Ash Sublett, founder of Bleeding Kansas, began fighting for legal medical cannabis after her daughter began experiencing seizures