Kansas won’t be keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to cannabis policy reform for yet another legislative session.
State lawmakers adjourned from their final day of work for the year on May 23, as a medical cannabis proposal was left on the table by the Senate, which has continued to stall on making meaningful advances in recent years.
That inaction comes as medical cannabis is legal in 37 states, including a trio of Kansas neighbors: Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Despite multiple efforts in Kansas to legalize medical cannabis this legislative session, including a House-passed bill that never gained traction in the Senate, and a Senate bill introduced by Republican Sen. Rob Olson in March, priorities were elsewhere when legislators wrapped up 2022 business on Monday.
“Unfortunately, due to the heavy load of the committee, I regret and take responsibility for not getting this measure across the finish line this session,” he said. “I am proud of what has been accomplished since the beginning of this session, but not convinced that we have been able to fully take into account all the complexities presented by all the potential patients, experts (medical, law enforcement, industry, etc.) and agencies that will be responsible to regulate the recommendation, cultivation, production, distribution and safe consumption of substances that come from the cannabis plant.”
Olson said he will