Kansas City, Missouri 2021-05-04 19:07:00 –
Topeka, Kansas (KCTV)-Kansas House is likely to vote on the medical marijuana bill later this week. This is a historic event in a conservative state, and this kind of law has never been achieved.
Proponents of the bill believe it is likely to pass the House of Representatives. Only 25 Republicans need to vote “yes” to advance to the Senate. Despite bipartisan support, there are still many people in Kansas who oppose medical marijuana.
“We are confident that it will pass. If it does not pass, we will go from there. But I think everything should be,” said Erin, co-chairman of the Kansas Cannabis Society. Montroy said.
Montroy wants the bill to be on Governor Laura Kelly’s desk for signature by the end of the month.
“We have bipartisan support and we have a much less restrictive building than we originally had, so it’s far less restrictive than I had imagined, so it’s great for Kansas. I think it’s a starting point, “says Montroy.
The bill passed the federal and state committees 12-8 on Tuesday.
Among those who voted “yes” was Stephanie Poetter of the Paola Republican Party.
“I think 60% of Republicans support it,” Poetter said.
Poetter describes her view of marijuana as “more liberal.”
She also polled her members on the issue of medical marijuana and found overwhelming support.
“76% of Republicans in my district, and I have a very conservative district, and I support it. And with Democrats, that’s more than 80% of the members.” She said.
Poetter said he was also impressed by the testimony of those who supported medical marijuana and decided to actively support the measure rather than stand by.
“One of the biggest things that stood out to me during the testimony was the studies in the states that passed it, and veterans and suicide rates dropped dramatically,” Poetter said.
However, not all Republicans are involved.
“Marijuana is listed as a Class 1 drug because it has no proven medical benefits and has serious side effects,” said Hutchinson Republican Paul Wagoner.
Wagoner most often doesn’t believe that science is there to support medical marijuana.
“I don’t think it’s a good bill. I think it’s too broad. I don’t think it’s really legal medical care. I think the problems with it outweigh the benefits.” Wagoner said.
Among those who oppose the bill are law enforcement groups, several medical associations, and conservative coalitions.
Proponents of the bill say it will become a game changer for the Kansas economy, while improving the quality of life for many patients.
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