Kansas State Senator David Haley has introduced Senate Bill 9, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state for patients will debilitating illnesses.
Under the proposed bill, qualifying patients would be able to get a doctor’s recommendation to purchase medical marijuana from “compassion centers” which would be regulated and licensed by the Kansas Department of Public Health. Patients would be able to possess up to six ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their homes.
Haley believes that medical marijuana legalization is inevitable in Kansas. “It’s just going to be a matter of time before all of this country has it, and I just don’t want Kansas to be the last state to enact it,” he explained.
Haley wants Kansas to be one of the leaders in the marijuana movement, which so far is limited primarily to the northeast and western portions of the country.
The introduction of SB 9 makes this the third year in a row that a Kansas state legislator has proposed legislation to help and protect medical marijuana patients. In past years, supporters have been denied a hearing in the Public Health and Welfare Committee, but they are determined to have the bill move forward this year.
Under current law, Kansas residents who use marijuana, even to treat a medical condition, face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for a first-offense possession conviction.