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Bills Easing Restrictions On Marijuana Stalls In KS Legislature

Rusty Blazenhoff
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Bills easing the state's restrictions on marijuana are moving deeper into the Kansas Legislature, but they're now facing an uncertain future.

The Kansas House decided to delay action on two marijuana bills in late February.

One would decrease penalties for an offender's first two possession convictions.

The other allows some seizure patients to receive treatments from marijuana-based medicines.

Representative John Rubin of Shawnee sponsored the bill on marijuana sentencing.

He said it was delayed because of the timing of Wichita's city election next month, in which a ballot measure will ask voters whether to decriminalize first-time possession.

The seizures bill passed the House committee.

Sponsor Representative John Wilson is seeking necessary votes on the House floor from Republicans.