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Unread 2015-01-20, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Kansas lawmakers to hear bill on Medical Marijuana this week

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Kansas lawmakers to hear bills on hate crime, medical marijuana, multi-year teacher contracts
Legislators also to delve into tweaking campaign finance law



By Tim Carpenter
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The Kansas Legislature delves Tuesday into a four-day work week with hearings on medicinal marijuana, hate crime, teacher contracts and campaign reform with the state budget deficit puzzle serving as imposing backdrop.

Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, sponsored a bill — Senate Bill 1 — that would instruct judges to double the sentence for a person convicted of a crime motivated entirely or in part by “race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation” if the conviction carried a presumptive term of imprisonment.

If the underlying crime carried a term that didn’t require prison, the sentence should be elevated to presumptive imprisonment with double the maximum duration of time behind bars. The measure is to be heard Thursday by the Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.

The House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee will delve into the state’s $280 million deficit in the current fiscal year and a larger shortfall in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Gov. Sam Brownback recommended filling portions of the black holes with large transfers from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. The top executives of both agencies will address House budget committee members Tuesday.

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss is set to deliver the State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday at the Judicial Center in Topeka. The speech had been delivered off and on at the Capitol, but Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, set precedent in 2013 by not allowing the address to occur in the House chamber.

“It's just another thing to take up time,” Merrick said at the time. “I just think it’s time that could be put to better use on other things.”

The Senate Public Health and Welfare scheduled two days of hearings on a long-dismissed proposal to allow legal use of marijuana for medicinal reasons in Kansas. Dozens of other states allow consumption for physician-approved health reasons, and proponents will step up Wednesday to argue why Kansas ought to join those ranks. Opponents of the concept are set to make the case Thursday.

Election reform is on the agenda of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee. The panel will devote time Wednesday to Senate Bill 27 allowing candidates to allocate contributions to “any organization which is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.”

The panel also will examine Senate Bill 28 that would change the definition of lobbyist to any person who makes expenditures of $500 or more in any calendar year. The current cap is $100.
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Hearing arguments today

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Kansas' Senate Health and Public Welfare Committee members are hearing the first pro-marijuana arguments from parents of sick children and adults.

Lenexa, KS, mother Christine Bay has a 3-year-old daughter named Autumn who suffers from sodium channelopathy, a genetic disorder that makes her prone to seizures.

“Her seizures can last for hours at a time. She's never come out of a seizure on her own,” Bay said. “They have always had to be assisted by medication.”

The medications used to stop her seizures cause her to stop breathing.

“On average, three or four times a month we are in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit),” Bay said.

Autumn has suffered from sodium channelopathy since she was about 3 months old. Doctors have told her mother that Autumn is out of medical options. Wednesday, Bay and Autumn left their home in Lenexa to testify with 12 others in favor of some form of medical marijuana.

“I am here to let them know that these children deserve an opportunity for a non-toxic course of treatment that's recommended by her doctor,” Bay said.

In 2014 Senate Bill 9 and House Bill 2011 concerning medicinal marijuana died in the legislature. One of the senators opposing the 2014 bill was 33rd District Sen. Mitch Holmes.

“Let's get to the science of it and let's keep politics out of it unless there's a reason that politics put a stop to it in the first place,” Holmes said.

Wednesday's 13th testimony came from the Kansas Health Institute. Their testimony remained neutral, but offered partial findings from a study they are conducting, saying that states where medical marijuana has been legalized have seen little to no increase in overall marijuana consumption, but there has been some increased use by at-risk teenagers.

On Thursday the Public Health and Welfare Committee will hear testimony from professionals against legalization.



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The word hearing is being used loosely. I'd be surprised that the people in that session are giving two shits about this.
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They say increased use by teenagers, but several articles within the last two months say that's not true at all.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...line/20444883/

Better ban alcohol, we must protect the kids!

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marijuana use in the past year by students in all three grades declined slightly, from 26% in 2013 to 24% in 2014.
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In 2014, 41% reported alcohol use in the previous year, a drop from 43% in 2013, the survey found.

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Increased use by a group it would still be illegal for. LOL, what a great basis for an argument.
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The sad thing is, to someone who's close minded to the argument, that's enough for them. Political bias in this state is so god damn strong.
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I was going to try and find a funny picture of protestors with think of the children signs, but google is just full of the simpsons.
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I'd understand some of the protests (maybe) against recreational use, but come on this bill deals with medicinal marijuana! I've read lots of stories about kids who have seizures every day and the oils from a marijuana plant can help tremendously. I wish they'd get with the times and just legalize it and gain some tax revenue.
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Such WEAK ass arguments.

http://www.newsobserver.com/welcome_...marijuana.html

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TOPEKA, KAN. — Opponents of legalizing marijuana for medical use in Kansas told state senators Thursday that doing so would harm public health and create additional strain on state resources.

The Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony from representatives of the medical, law enforcement and addiction treatment fields who oppose a bill to legalize the use of marijuana-based products for medical purposes and establish regulations for their distribution.

"To try to pass some sort of legislation that allows medical access sets a terrible medical precedent. It bypasses the FDA, and essentially creates medicine by popular vote," said Dr. Eric Voth, chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy.

Voth, who also runs a private medical practice in Topeka, said additional research is required into the potential medical uses for marijuana and that it's "irresponsible" to view the drug as harmless.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. It is legal to use it recreationally in four states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

Ed Klumpp, a lobbyist for Kansas chiefs of police, told the committee that the biggest problem with medical marijuana legislation is a lack of adequate study into how to properly regulate it.

Klumpp said that in neighboring Colorado, which legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational use in 2012, regulations on the production and consumption of marijuana products have lagged behind. As a result, its state agencies are still searching for ways to respond to unintended consequences, including underage use and health code violations related to producers growing plants inside their homes.

Kim Brown, chairwoman of the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals, said she believes increased access to marijuana would mean increased consumption and more people seeking treatment for addiction, putting an additional burden on already overstretched treatment programs.

Thursday's testimony came a day after the Senate committee heard from parents of chronically ill children and others who support allowing medical marijuana in Kansas.

Medical marijuana bills have been filed in Kansas every year since 2009, but none thus far have moved beyond informational hearings in committees. Asked if this bill would see further hearings, Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook from Shawnee, who chairs the committee, did not comment but shook her head.

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I fucking hate the people of this state.

Health code violations for growing weed my fucking ass. Yet we have hoarders, crazy old women with 30 cats are just fucking dandy.
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I fucking hate the people of this state.

Health code violations for growing weed my fucking ass. Yet we have hoarders, crazy old women with 30 cats are just fucking dandy.
Maybe me moving to Missouri this summer might not be so bad after all.
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I fucking hate the people of this state.

Health code violations for growing weed my fucking ass. Yet we have hoarders, crazy old women with 30 cats are just fucking dandy.
Right? No safety inspections to make sure the 3000+lbs machines screaming down the road at 80mph are safe... that's no big deal. Bald tires and shit falling off cars? Yeah, that's responsible.

BUT TO LET A - BASICALLY HARMLESS - PLANT BE USED AS A (proven to be helpful for some conditions) MEDICINE?! THAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND WRECKLESS.
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But it's okay to allow drugs that have tons of serious side effects including death. I can't say I've ever heard a story about someone dying from using marijuana oil.
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