Kansas Senate commitee approves medical marijuana bill

Mar 12, 2017

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A Kansas Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would allow doctors and physicians to prescribe and dispense “non-intoxicating” cannabinoid medicine, medicine that’s derived from marijuana.

As The Wichita Eagle reports, Senators were initially supposed to vote on SB 155, a cannabis compassion and care act that would legalize the use of cannabis for certain medical conditions, but an amendment stripped that bill for SB 151, which allows medical professionals to prescribe and dispense "non-intoxicating cannabinoid medicine."

Cannibinoid is a chemical compound found in marijuana plants.

Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, called the amendment a "more appropriate first step" and said the bill sets apart those who are trying to get a high from those trying to get a medical benefit.

The amended bill passed unanimously and moves on to the full Senate.