Policy Recommendations Kansas

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Kansas

Kansas has been slow in providing safe and legal access to medical cannabis for Kansas patients. Though Governor Kelly continues to express support for medical cannabis, legislation to provide a functional system for patients has not yet reached the Governor's office. A bill that would create such a program (HB 2017) failed to gain traction in 2020. The USDA approved Kansas' hemp production plan in 2020, providing a pathway for in-state production of hemp-derived CBD for Kansas medical cannabis patients. As Kansas looks to 2021 ASA encourages state lawmakers to initiate work focused on organization of a comprehensive medical cannabis program. Such a program should provide legal protections to patients related to employment, housing, education and family law and develop an in-state production system for lab-tested medical cannabis and cannabis products that can be made available to patients at legal retailers. ASA also recommends that lawmakers authorize patients to cultivate cannabis at home to reduce costs to patients.