US (KS): Senators hold first of three medical cannabis legalization hearings

Kansas senators held the first in a series of three planned committee hearings this week on a recently introduced medical cannabis legalization bill, discussing the key provisions and taking testimony from advocates and stakeholders.

The hearing in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee comes after separate House-passed legislation stalled in the Senate earlier this year. It also occurred on the same day that the House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed a bill to set medical cannabis laboratory testing standards and rules in a 12-8 vote.

Sen. Robert Olson (R), who chairs the Senate panel, is sponsoring the new Medical Marijuana Regulation Act, which would provide patients diagnosed with a series of medical conditions with to access limited forms of cannabis.

A legislative staffer spent several minutes going point-by-point to describe what the bill would accomplish, taking several questions from committee members before the hearing was opened for public testimony.

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