US (KS): Medical cannabis committee created to prepare for 2023 action

Kansas lawmakers on Thursday voted to form a dedicated committee to work on medical cannabis issues this summer in the hopes that reform legislation will be ready to pass when the legislature returns for business early in 2023.

The bicameral Legislative Coordinating Council voted to create a number of committees for various issues, including one that will focus on medical cannabis. The 2022 legislative session ended last month, leaving advocates disappointed that they were unable to get a bill to the governor’s desk despite considerable momentum over the past two years.

But a key Senate committee chairman subsequently said that legislators would be working over the summer to prepare reform legislation for the 2023 session. And now, the House-Senate Council has formalized that plan by approving three days of panel discussions on medical cannabis this summer.

The Special Committee on Medical Marijuana will be comprised of members appointed by the House speaker and Senate president.

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