Medical Marijuana Supporters Are Upset That Lawmakers Decided To Put The Bill On Hold
Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Members Decided to Put Senate Bill 135 and Any Other Cannabis Bills on Hold for The Rest of This Year’s Session. This means that There Won’t Be Any Changes to Medical Marijuana in 2023.
Police officers, doctors, and republican state officials all had concerns about the bill, including testing, mental health, and other safety issues.
Many people who supported the bill were upset by the committee’s decision. They are disappointed and angry with what Kansas lawmakers did.
People who support the bill think that this is another way in which Kansas is falling behind the rest of the country. Many people don’t like how lawmakers aren’t open with the public and use information from decades ago to argue against a bill.
Kelly Rippel is an advocate for medical marijuana. He talked to KSNT 27 News about how frustrated he is that lawmakers are working against a bill that they say most Kansans support.
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Rippel said, “So, yes, it is a movement by the same people who corner and push lawmakers to vote against the will of the people.” “Over 74% of Kansans support medical marijuana, according to Fort Hays State and the Docking Institute.”
Since the medical marijuana bill has been put on hold, nothing else will happen in Kansas unless lawmakers decide to talk about it again later in the session.
If not, Rippel says that because elections are coming up soon, medical marijuana might not be discussed in the Kansas legislature until at least 2025.
But some supporters plan to talk to Governor Laura Kelly in the hopes that she will step in. Kelly is a supporter of medical marijuana and has said she wants it to be legalized.