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Health at the Capitol: Special Edition Summary of Medical Marijuana Legislation (July 2, 2021)

By Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Linda J. Sheppard, J.D., Tatiana Y. Lin, M.A. | July 02, 2021

Health at the Capitol: Special Edition Summary of Medical Marijuana Legislation (July 2, 2021)

This edition of Health at the Capitol looks into the medical marijuana debate in Kansas by comparing two comprehensive medical marijuana bills introduced during the 2021 legislative session. 

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On May 6, 2021, the Kansas House passed House Substitute (H. Sub.) for SB 158, which would create the Kansas Medical Marijuana Regulation Act and the Kansas Medical Marijuana Regulation Program; define terms related to the bill; amend laws concerning crimes, child welfare, employment and discipline of certain medical professionals; create provisions to address federal re-scheduling of marijuana; and rename the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue, as the Division of Alcohol and Cannabis Control. After the House passed the bill, Senate President Ty Masterson stated he did not anticipate the Senate taking up the bill this session but noted the bill would be available for consideration during the 2022 session and suggested that a joint committee may consider it during the interim period. On May 7, the Senate ruled the bill as “materially changed” and referred it to the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. SB 315, which would create the Kansas Medical Marijuana Regulation Act, also was introduced by the Senate on May 7 and was referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.

This summary of medical marijuana legislation in Kansas compares select provisions in H. Sub. for SB 158 (124 pages) and SB 315 (84 pages). (Text in bold indicates material differences between the bills.)

Additional Resources: Laws in Other States

The following tables* provide a brief overview of states that have statutory and regulatory provisions legalizing medical marijuana. 

*Note: This information is based on two primary sources: Network for Public Health Law (as of February 14, 2019) and National Conference of State Legislatures (as of May 18, 2021).

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