Kansas Senate panel keeps brakes on medical marijuana issue

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas Senate committee wasn’t ready Tuesday to endorse a narrow medical marijuana proposal, even though its members approved a measure for reducing criminal penalties for first- and second-time pot possession.

The Republican-dominated Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee showed its uneasiness by splitting apart the contents of a marijuana bill approved by the House last year. The House bill both reduced penalties for marijuana possession and legalized the use of therapeutic hemp oil in treating seizures.

The committee approved one bill that deals only with criminal penalties on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate for debate. It drafted a second bill, containing the medical marijuana provisions, and forwarded it to the Senate without a recommendation on whether it should be passed. GOP members expect it to be sent next to a committee that deals with health issues.

The corrections committee’s action on the medical marijuana proposal is designed to spark more hearings. Republicans emphasized that they weren’t killing the measure but had questions about whether hemp oil treatments have been adequately tested and whether enacting the proposal could lead to a broader legalization of marijuana.

To read more: http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/01/27/kansas-marijuana-senate-hemp-oil-seizures/47234/

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