Kansas Senate Committee Votes to Lower Cannabis Penalties, Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil
Kansas’ Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee has given approval today to two cannabis-related bills. One of the proposals would legalize the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oil for medical use, and the other would lower the penalties associated with someone’s first and second cannabis possession offense.
The proposal reduces the charge for first-time cannabis possession to a class B misdemeanor, down from a class A misdemeanor. This reduces the maximum sentence to 6 months, rather than a full year. A person’s second cannabis possession offense would be reduced to a class A misdemeanor, whereas it’s currently a felony.
The cannabis oil bill would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil that’s low in THC (tetrahydracannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol).
Both measures have been sent to the state’s full Senate for consideration; their passage will send them to the state’s House of Representatives, where it would then be sent to the state’s governor if passed.