Teressa Hammond opened The Health Connection, CBD store, in Wichita in 2018 after her husband started using the product to help is COPD. Today, she says they see all sorts of illness. “We see people every day that are suffering with high blood pressure, anxiety, Crohn's, cancer.”

Hammond says while she helps as many people as she can, there are several people she has to turn away because they need something stronger. “It would be a big change, if we would have access for medical marijuana.”

That's why Hammond was watching what was happening across state lines in Missouri Thursday night. The state’s voters passed recreational marijuana use.

Others in Kansas were watching too. “We're very happy for the people of Missouri," said Amy Reid, president of the Kansas Cannabis Coalition, a non-profit that supports marijuana law reform in the state.

Reid says Missouri’s vote just adds to the momentum their group has to push for medical marijuana in the state. “It's not right, really to have people on one side of the river in the Kansas City area to be legal patients and people across the river to be criminals.”

So where does the state stand on a potential medical marijuana bill?

State Representative Nick Hoheisel says progress is being made. “I think a lot of the opponents have now come on board. They're still opposed but they understand, eventually this is going to happen. So, they would like us to address their concerns within the legislation.”

Hoheisel is member of the special committee on medical marijuana that has been meeting over the last few weeks. The committee has held multiple hearings to try to create the best possible starting point for the legislature when it returns in January.

"We've heard from law enforcement. We've heard from folks in the medical community and it's more of a discussion of okay, what are your concerns? And how can we address them in this legislation?”