The Wichita Eagle's RSS news feed was trying to send the state of Kansas a message today with these two conflicting headlines: "Kansas medical pot measure languishes" and "Medical marijuana industry thriving."
Kansas state Rep. Gail Finney's medical marijuana bill didn't get out of committee because of regressive lawmakers like House speaker Mike O'Neal and Human Services Committee Chair Brenda Landwehr, who says there's no interest in allowing the chronically ill to smoke up to dull the pain. Finney said there's across-the-aisle support for the the bill, HB 2330.
"If we regulate it and provide oversight, I think we can do it in a very controlled manner, and it would be beneficial for Kansas," Finney, who has lupus, told the Eagle.
So maybe next year.
Meanwhile, 15 states along with the District of Columbia are cool with sick folks smoking weed with a doctor's prescription. Hell, even Arizona will have a medical Mary J program. Other states you may want to consider: California, Colorado, Maine,
Michigan, Montana, New Jersey New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington. And business is booming: The wire report says that sales are expected to hit $1.7 billion this year and has prospered despite the recession.