|Doesn’t care about patients: Sen. Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka) said “I have no interest on hearing the bill”|
Even though a bill which would legalize the medical use of marijuana is now in both houses of the Kansas Legislature, lawmakers haven’t shown any interest in making it a law.
Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) introduced Senate Bill 354, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act, during Monday’s session. It was referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, where it will likely sit without a hearing, reports Chris Hong at LJWorld.
“I have no interest on hearing the bill,” the arrogant and uncaring Sen. Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka) said haughtily. Schmidt chairs the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.
The bill would allow patients with medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS to buy marijuana from registered compassion centers.
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|Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City), who introduced the bill in the Senate: “It’s been a relief to those with a myriad of illnesses”|
”Marijuana has been used by many people already,” Haley said. “It’s been a relief to those with a myriad of illnesses.”
Rep. Gail Finney (D-Wichita) introduced the same bill in the House last February.
The Health and Human Services committee, which is responsible for hearing the House version of the bill, held an informational meeting on the issue last Tuesday.
The chair of that committee, Brenda Landwehr (R-Wichita), said she didn’t expect her committee to act on the bill, either.
But Sen. Haley, who introduced the bill, said he is pushing to have an official hearing, even if committee members are opposed to it.
“Let’s hear the pros and cons, Haley said. “For those who oppose it, let them come forward.”
Conservative Republican Governor Sam Brownback — surprise, surprise — has said he opposes the use of medical marijuana.