Medical marijuana advocates propose new bill with high hopes it will pass
Michael Webb has spent years fighting to legalize medical marijuana in Kansas and hopes to do so with a bill he just proposed.
"We haven't seen a medical marijuana bill that could really be implemented well that wasn't to in-depth to cause problems, and so, we came up with something simpler,” Webb, who manages the Dude Smell This CBD Shop, explained.
It's called The Human Solution For Kansas Act and is similar to Oklahoma law.
Not only would it legalize medical marijuana and allow home-grow for those who are licensed and live more than 75 miles from a dispensary but would also require all businesses owners to be local, with a cut of taxes going to help local schools and more.
"It's been modified to fit Kansas, but it does make it where it can be less expensive for people who can't afford it, which is a big thing,” he said. “Seventy-five percent of the taxes that come out of it once the industry and organizations that are set up to regulate it are finished with what they take out of it, 75 percent of that goes to school funding and then 25 percent goes to rehabilitation, law enforcement programs and things like that."
Webb says he's seen too many people suffer, one being Autumn Gordon, a seven-year-old whose mother moved her from Kansas to Colorado so she could use medical marijuana to help with her constant seizures.
"In Kansas, I didn't have a name,” explained Autumn’s mother Christine Gordon. “She would just reach her hand out when she needed me. Now, she calls me mamma all the time which is like music."
It's stories like these that keep him motivated in his fight to make a difference.
"It's good to see it when they get their relief,” Webb added.
Opponents of medical marijuana say it's a bad idea and advise people to stick with pure medicine, but supporters disagree.
"No matter how you wanna argue it, first off, it's non-lethal, period,” Webb stated. “Alcohol is lethal, Aspirin is lethal, peanuts are more lethal than marijuana."
The bill was just introduced, so the earliest there could be a hearing on it is May 1. We'll keep you updated.