Kansas Governor Laura Kelly recently announced that she would not be using her executive powers to legalize possession of medical marijuana or to decriminalize cannabis in Kansas. This decision is a blow to supporters of medical marijuana in the state because of the Legislature’s lack of progress on this issue in recent years.
Despite the fact that some states have utilized executive orders to allow limited possession, Governor Kelly stated that Kansas laws do not allow her to take such action. This announcement has frustrated advocates who are fighting for change on the medical cannabis issue in the state.
Even though lawmakers and allies are pessimistic about the issue, supporters are still hoping for a change. Medical marijuana advocates are looking forward to the possibility of advancing their cause in 2024 by changing officials’ opinions of the issue.
Senator Mike Thompson, chair of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, recently rejected a proposal related to medical weed, describing it as being too closely associated with recreational use.
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