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Kansas lawmakers hold hearing on medical marijuana

January 24, 2012|Keith Miles

(TOPEKA, Kan.) — People from across Kansas rallied in Topeka for the legalization of medical marijuana.  Many stood in front of the Docking building with their signs held high.  They were gathering before a public hearing on a bill to legalize the drug for medical use.

Supporters showed up to testify at a pulic hearing hosted by the Health and Human Service Committee.  People like David Mulford told personal stories about how the drug helps with chronic pain, cancer and other diseases. 

Representative Gail Finney introduced the Kansas Compassion and Care Act.  She says the committee has never considered it in the past and hopes for a different outcome this year.  "I feel like our legislators owe it to the people of Kansas to look into this and to give us safer access to medicine and not keep making us go through drug companies and people who may not have our best interest at heart," Finney said.

But not everyone feels the same way. "I'm hoping that the committee will learn more and not take an issue with the federal government at this point. It could create a lot more problems for the state than I think we're willing or able to handle right now," said Michelle Voth.  People like Voth says the legal use of medical marijuana will increase the amount of abusers and make it easier for kids to get the drug.

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The House committee took no action to advance the bill Tuesday. A similar medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Senate.

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