Ex-AG backs medical marijuana push; lawmakers not interested

August 14, 2007

, Associated Press

Former Attorney General Bob Stephan (STEF'-ihn) is endorsing a new push in Kansas for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

But key legislators aren't showing much interest.

Stephan planned to take part in a Statehouse news conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The event is sponsored by the Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition, which backs medical marijuana.

Director Laura Green said the group is trying to get the debate started in Kansas.

Stephan told the Lawrence Journal-World that he's supported legalizing marijuana for medical purposes for more than 20 years. He says his opinion stems from his own experiences as a cancer survivor and from talking to other cancer patients.

But he wouldn't say whether he'd ever used the drug himself.

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