Medical marijuana advocates urge legalization for treatment in Kansas

TOPEKA — Veterans, victims of chronic illness and their loved ones packed an overflowing Senate committee room Thursday to urge lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana.

They say the drug offers a safer treatment for mental and physical pain than pharmaceuticals and deride opposition as the product of decades of racist propaganda. Opposition testimony is planned for Friday.

Legislation proposed by Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldin City, offers a framework for regulating the production and dispensary of cannabis in Kansas. Patients would obtain a recommendation for marijuana from a health care provider, and the Kansas Department of Revenue would oversee the more at


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