The State of Kansas was set to vote on SB 155 which would legalize medical cannabis
Senate Bill 155 would have legalized medical use of the entire cannabis plant
SB 155 was amended and replaced with SB 151 which legalized the use of already CBD
Local media reported that the Kansas Senate passed the medical cannabis bill
The State of Kansas just pulled a fast one on medical cannabis activists, and it worked like a charm. An upcoming vote for SB 155 was gutted at the last moment without the majority of the people knowing any better.
Local media used headlines such as “Kansas Senate panel OKs medical cannabis bill.“ If they had taken the time to look into what had exactly happened, they would see that the Kansas Senate managed to pass an entirely separate bill.
Senate Bill 155 looked to legalize the use of medical cannabis. Inside the bill, cannabis was described as, “all parts of all varieties of the plant cannabis whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. It does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of the mature stalks, except the resin extracted therefrom, fiber, oil, cake or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.”
At the same time Senate Bill 151 was also on the table. Senate Bill 151 addressed the use of “non-intoxicating cannabinoid medicine.” Which in laments terms means the medical use of CBD.
Before Senate Bill 155 was put to vote, it was amended, and basically replaced with SB 151. Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, suggested the amendment stating that it was a “more appropriate first step.” In other words, Kansas just legalized the medicinal use of CBD, which is already legal.
In December of 2016, the DEA made a first move towards making CBDs illegal, but as of now, that process has not moved any further.
Kansas has fought hard against cannabis use of any nature, however, this was a low blow to medical cannabis advocates even by Kansas standards. For years, advocates have had no luck in getting the Kansas Senate to hold a valid discussion about moving forward with medical cannabis.