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A bill has been introduced in the Kansas Legislature which would legalize the use of medical marijuana by seriously ill individuals with certain debilitating medical conditions.
House Bill 2610, titled the Medical Marijuana Act, would create registered marijuana dispensaries known as compassion centers. These are defined as a non-profit organization “that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies or dispenses marijuana or related supplies and educational material to cardholders,” reports Lauren Garrison at the Kansas State Collegian.
The bill would allow seriously ill persons who wish to use medical marijuana, upon the recommendation of their doctor, to be issued identification cards which show they are a “registered qualifying patient,” caregiver or employee of a compassion center.
According to the Medical Marijuana Act, “the purpose of this act is to protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their practitioners and providers, from arrest and prosecution, criminal or other penalties.”
The bill would require that all medical marijuana used in the state be grown in Kansas.