Aug 262014
 August 26, 2014

kansas marijuanaMajor state political parties are getting on board with marijuana reform. The latest is the Democratic Party of Kansas. The official Kansas Democratic party platform includes an endorsement for medical marijuana. Admittedly, there are not really any details as far as what form of medical marijuana they are referring to (CBD only? Home cultivation?). But it’s still very significant because after all, it’s Kansas. It’s not as big of news if it had been the Republican Party of Kansas, but still, it’s way more significant than a West Coast state’s Democratic Party endorsing. Per Kansas.Com:

“Kansas Democrats support the availability of marijuana for medical use and protection of patients from criminal arrest and prosecution,” the platform states.

Esau Freeman, a Wichita painter and activist who led efforts to include marijuana decriminalization on the Wichita ballot, praised the policy’s inclusion.

I would love to see a survey of Kansas Democrats to see how they feel about the details of a medical marijuana program. What conditions would qualify to become a patient? Is it just doctors that can determine qualification, or are other health professionals allowed to determine qualification? Would home cultivation be allowed? If so, how many plants? If not, why? As with any political issue, the devil is in the details. Still, I’m impressed with the move by the Democratic Party of Kansas, because that’s not an easy state to be an out and proud supporter of reform due to persecution and reefer madness.

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    Thank you for noticing this advance in Kansas. We formed a non-profit to advocate for “Sensible reform of Cannabis laws in Kansas” called Kansas For Change, Inc. The bill in the legislature over the last several years allows doctors to recommend cannabis for any condition that would appear to benefit from its use, and home cultivation of up to 12 plants. We plan to have the bill re-introduced in the next session, and there may be revisions from what we had in the bill in the past, due to ideas introduced in other states. From our experience at our State Fair last year, we believe that use of MJ is indeed ubiquitous in Kansas as elsewhere in the US, and that making that market legal so it can be regulated and taxed, would be a great boon to not only users of MJ, but to the state’s financial position (after the Brownback disaster of a tax plan). Thanks for your support and that of your readers.

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