State Legislatures Address Hemp Policies During 2018 Sessions

It’s, so far, been a banner year for hemp policy as Alaska, Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma each passed industrial hemp legislation during their respective sessions while two other states – New York and South Carolina – expanded their programs; while one state program, Wisconsin, came online. Illinois, too, is just one Senate concurrence vote away […]

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Kansas Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed the bill to create an industrial hemp pilot program in the state which passed the Senate in February and the House earlier this month. The final version of the measure allows the State Department of Agriculture, either alone or with an institution of higher education, to grow the crop […]

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Kansas House Rejects MMJ Bill; Advance CBD Measure

The Kansas House has rejected legislation to legalize broad medical cannabis use, instead opting to advance a measure to legalize CBD products and remove kratom from the state list of illegal drugs, according to a KCUR report. The broad medical cannabis measure failed 54-69 in the House. Kratom is a supplement made from a plant […]

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Kansas Senate to Vote on Industrial Hemp Legislation

The Kansas Senate is expected to vote today on an industrial hemp legalization measure that would create a pilot program allowing government agencies, institutes of higher education, and licensed individuals to cultivate the crop for research and development purposes, according to a Hutchinson News report. A less restrictive industrial hemp proposal passed the House 103-18 […]

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Kansas Attorney General: CBD Illegal in the State

In a Jan. 24 opinion, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said it is unlawful to sell CBD products in the state due to cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug under both the federal and state Controlled Substances Acts. “Our review of literature on the subject leads us to conclude that cannabidiol is derived from […]

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Police in Wichita, Kansas Silence Cannabis Activists’ Signature Collecting Efforts

Activists in Wichita, Kansas collecting petition signatures to reduce cannabis possession penalties were thwarted by police at City Hall who cited court decisions that interior spaces in public buildings are not unlimited forums for First Amendment activity, according to a Wichita Eagle report. The activists usually collect signatures on the sidewalk outside of the building, […]

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Kansas Man Who Suffers Seizures Arrested for Manufacturing Own Cannabis Medicine

A Kansas man who suffers from non-epileptic seizures was arrested and charged with possession and manufacture of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of paraphernalia after police raided his home and seized one cannabis plant and homemade extracts that help treat his seizures, KSNW-TV reports. Larry Burgess admitted that he had […]

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Kansas Senate Committee Approves Vague MMJ Bill

The Kansas Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs has approved a bill (SB.151) that would allow doctors to recommend and pharmacists to dispense “non-intoxicating cannabinoid medicine,” the Wichita Eagle reports. Although the bill does not define “non-intoxicating” it’s likely lawmakers are referring to CBD. Republican state Sen. Ty Masterson, said the measure was a […]

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Kansas Senate Committee Hears MMJ Proposal

A bill to legalize cannabis for medical use was heard by the Kansas Senate’s Federal and State Affairs Committee yesterday, according to a KAKE report. Democratic State Sen. Davis Haley, the chief sponsor and author of SB.155, called the measure overdue, with benefits that “far outweigh the detriments.” According to the Marijuana Policy Project, there […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Kansas Activist Who Lost Custody of Son

A District of Kansas federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a Garden City mother and activist who lost custody of her son over using cannabis oil to treat her Chron’s disease, according to a report from National Public Radio-affiliate KCUR . District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten dismissed the action levied by Shona […]

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Kansas Reduces Cannabis Possession Penalties

Kansas lawmakers approved a measure reducing marijuana possession jail sentences for first-time offenders and no longer charging second-time offenders with a low-level felony, according to an AP report. First-time offenders will now serve no more than six months in jail, reduced from one year. Individuals on their ‘second-strike’ now face a year in jail in […]

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