Lawmakers in the Kansas House rejected an effort Monday to allow medical marijuana in the state.
But they advanced a plan to allow the sale of some products made from cannabis — if the high-producing compounds have been removed.
The discussion over legalizing cannabis for medical purposes came as lawmakers considered regular updates to the state’s drug laws.
Democratic Rep. Cindy Holscher offered an amendment that would have created a medical marijuana system in Kansas.
She said that her daughter was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and that the side effects of some of her medications have been severe. Marijuana, she said, might offer some relief.
“Please don’t make us lawbreakers,” Holscher said. “Give us an option for something that has been proven to work.”
Marijuana offered a safer alternative to medications such as opioids, Holscher argued.
Republican Rep. Abraham Rafie called research on the issue “noisy.” He said studies had shown medical benefits from medical marijuana use but had also showed dangers of using cannabis.
“There’s a motivation to find what each side wants to see in the research,” Rafie said.
Rafie also raised concerns about other complications from medicinal marijuana, such as greater availability of cannabis to minors and driving under the influence.
Several lawmakers lined up during the debate to offer stories of people fighting cancer or