On January 21, 2016, KHI's Tatiana Lin, senior analyst and strategy team leader, presented neutral testimony to the Senate Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice for House Bill 2049. This bill, also know as “Otis’s Law," aims to legalize cannabis oil for seizure-related conditions such as epilepsy. During the testimony, KHI provided a summary of similar “restrictive laws” passed by 17 states as of December 2015. In addition, findings and recommedations were shared with the committee from KHI's recent completion of a health impact assessment (HIA) on the legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas.
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