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In 2018, Kansas finally passed a law acknowledging the medical efficacy of cannabis for the first time ever, leaving Idaho standing alone as the only state in the union yet to do so. The new law, SB 282, was signed by former Gov. Jeff Colyer in May and changed the definition of “marijuana” to exclude cannabidiol (CBD). The bill took effect May 24, 2018.
However, because state law separately bans tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), it may be difficult for medical cannabis patients to take advantage of this provision, because most CBD products contain at least trace amounts of THC (“hemp” is sometimes defined as 0.3% THC or less). The bill does not provide for in-state access to CBD oils in Kansas.
While there are a number of “CBD” products available online or in stores, these products are typically unregulated, and consumers should be cautious. Unfortunately, some products do not actually contain the amount of CBD on the label — or any at all — or they also contain THC or dangerous compounds such as heavy metals. CBD oil sold in licensed cannabis retailers in states like Colorado, with a regulated market, are subject to laboratory testing, but getting to such stores could be costly and onerous for patients in Kansas.
Despite its limitations, this is a significant step forward for Kansas. Hopefully, it is also a step towards meaningful access to regulated and tested medical cannabis, which studies show can provide relief for patients suffering from serious conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy and is linked to a 25% reduction in opiate overdose deaths.
February 2021. Gov. Laura Kelly endorses a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, as well as create a system for regulating the cultivation, retail-sales, and dispensing of medical cannabis.
May 2019. House Bill 2244 was signed into law, allowing patients with severe conditions to have an affirmative defense for the possession of low-THC CBD oil.
May 2017. Senate Bill 112 was signed into law, reducing penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia. While this bill does not affect the penalties for growing marijuana, possession of materials used to cultivate is reduced to a fine of $1000, and/or six months in jail.
July 2016. House Bill 2462 went into effect, reducing penalties for marijuana possession. First time possession is reduced to six months, cutting the original penalty of one year in jail in half. Second offenses are no longer felonies but misdemeanors, limiting the penalty to a one year sentence.
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Estimated market size
Idaho currently has no estimation of the market size due to no cannabis legislation available.
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