Local advocates speak out against bipartisan medical marijuana bill

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

As Michael Webb reads through the Veteran's First Medical Cannabis Act, the less he supports it.

"There's a lot of questionable material in here, a lot of tax exemptions that as a voter, as a taxpayer, I want to know why you're doing all this,” said Michael Webb.

Webb helps run a CBD shop in Haysville and has been working to get medical marijuana legalized for years but says this bill isn't it.

"You can't home grow which is critical for Medicare for all, you know, for everybody to have the ability to have it,” he said. “When you don't have a home grow, immediately, that's the first thing that says this is about money."

The bipartisan bill was introduced by Representatives Jim Karleskint and Cindy Holscher.  

Holand says, “This legislation provides a highly controlled yet transparent framework for allowing Kansans safe and legal access to medical cannabis. Because wounded warriors were put on the front line, this bill puts our Veterans at the front of the line with the first 60 days dispensaries are open exclusively to our Veterans,"

The bill would make medical marijuana legal for 22 specific conditions that cause pain, including PTSD.

But veterans like Chris Ontiveros believe if the bill is truly meant for them, they deserve a say in it.

"What I'd like to see is a bill for the people, by the people,” said Ontiveros. “If they're going to do something for veterans, let’s have a group of veterans sit down and let’s make it about veterans."

The bill was just introduced, so the earliest there could be a hearing on it is next week. We’ll keep you updated. 

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