Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed the low-THC medical cannabis bill which is set to take effect July 1.
The measure, known as Claire and Lola’s Law, defines “debilitating medical conditions” as “a medically diagnosed chronic disease or medical condition causing a serious impairment of strength or ability to function, including one that produces seizures, for which the patient is under current and active treatment by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Kansas.”
Under the law, patients would be able to access oils containing no more than 5 percent THC, which would be tested by an independent laboratory.
“I’m pleased to sign Claire and Lola’s bill into law today. This is the first step in addressing the health needs of many Kansans, but we still have a long way to go. I’m hopeful the legislature will review this issue comprehensively next session.” – Kelly, in a signing statement
The measure includes language prohibiting state agencies from removing children from homes based on the parent’s possession of medical cannabis oils.
With Kelly’s signing, just two states, Idaho and South Dakota remain without some form of medical cannabis access – either CBD only or full plant. Kansas’ bill does not create an in-state industry, rather an “affirmative defense” allowing possession of the oils.
According to an Associated Press report, Kansas lawmakers had considered a stronger medical cannabis regime and potentially considering legalization legislation; however, the state’s law enforcement community strongly opposed those reforms
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