TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A medical marijuana bill hasn't gone far in
the Kansas Legislature.
Rep. Gail Finney, a Wichita Democrat, introduced the measure,
which would legalize marijuana use for registered patients served
by designated care centers. An 11-member state commission would
oversee the operation.
Advocates say pot reduces pain, moderates nausea and increases
appetite among people suffering from cancer, AIDS, multiple
sclerosis, hepatitis C and other maladies.
But The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the measure has been
a tough sell among Kansas legislators.
House Speaker Mike O'Neal, the Hutchinson Republican who
controls flow of legislation in the House, said he would not be
using his influence to advance Finney's bill. And the chair of the
House's health committee, Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a Wichita
Republican, hasn't scheduled a hearing on the bill this session.