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Minutes for SB155 - Committee on Federal and State Affairs

Short Title

Enacting the cannabis compassion and care act.

Minutes Content for Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The Chairperson opened the hearing on SB 155.

Melissa Ragsdale spoke first about her support for SB 155.  She is the mother of four boys and  her son Gavin is 7 years old.  He suffers from Doose Syndrome Epilepsy, difficult to treat and often drug resistant.  Some of the side effects from his medications are tremors, digestive problems, headaches, fits of rage and hallucinations.  Several years ago he was prescribed industrial hemp CBD.  It was like winning the lottery (Attachment 1).

Senator David Haley spoke of his support for SB 155 and the benefits from cannabis (Attachment  2).

Derek Espinoza spoke of his experience with epilepsy medications after being injured while on duty with the Wichita Police Department (Attachment 3).

Nick Reinecker spoke of his support for SB 155 (Attachment  4).

The following conferees submitted written support for SB 155.

Representative Gail Finney (Attachment  5)

Dr. Micah W. Kubic (Attachment  6)

Amelia Schwab (Attachment7).

Jeremiah M. Malcom (Attachment  8)

Darla Templeton (Attachment 9)

Marsha M. Burris (Attachment  10)

Jennifer Winn (Attachment 11)

Ed Klumpp and the associations he represents are opposed to SB 155.  They believe that the legalization of cannabis should be based on public safety and facts (Attachment  12).

Michelle Voth is opposed to SB 155 because she feels that it is flawed and states six areas where this is true (Attachment  13),

Victor Riggin opposes SB 155 because he feels the bill is too wide open for interpretation and is too loose with its conditions (Attachment  14).

The following conferees oppose SB 155.

Kirk D. Thompson (Attachment 15)

Eric Voth (Attachment  16)

Max Wilson (Attachment  17)

Tony Coder (Attachment  18)

Cody Stiffler (Attachment  19)

Dawn Brooks (Attachment  20)

Judith Ann Donovan (Attachment  21)

Sarah Hartsig stated that the Kansas Health does not take positions on legislation.  It informs the decision-making process by providing evidence-based findings in order to maximize the potential positive health effects of a policy decision.  SB 155 addresses a variety of issues related to marijuana possession and penalties, and legalizes medical marijuana for a variety of medical conditions (Attachment 22).

The Chairperson closed the hearing on SB 155.