By Bryan Ramsdale

A bill being pushed by a Kansas state senator from Kansas City to legalize marijuana for medical purposes was heard in committee on Monday.

Sen. David Haley wrote the bill. He says the bill is overdue and will help the state.

“The benefits far outweigh the detriments,” Haley said.

The bill, SB 155, is not the first of its kind for Kansas, but as of yet, no bills legalizing marijuana for medical purposes have passed.

KAKE News spoke to Kansas resident Tracy Marling three years ago, at the time her daughter was dealing with a rare form of epilepsy that was not responding to traditional medicines well. On Monday, she spoke again about how hard it is watching her daughter deal with such a dangerous illness, and how the young girl is responding better to a natural alternative, marijuana. 

“She has been on so many medicines,” Marling said of her 10-year-old daughter Sophie.

Marling packed up her bags a few months ago and headed for Colorado where medical marijuana is legal and since then, she says her daughter is healthier with medications containing ingredients in marijuana.

“If there is something that helps somebody this much, there is no reason why they shouldn’t have access to it, to better their life,” Marling said.

Kansas does not have any statutes that allow or decriminalize marijuana possession, both for medical and recreational purposes. In the United States, there are 28 states that allow medical marijuana. Other states have rules and regulations that make possessing marijuana a less severe criminal punishment.

Haley wants anyone who would like to see a bill come to law regarding medical marijuana to contact the members of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

    Senator Jacob LaTurner from Senate District 13 in Southeast Kansas -- Jacob.LaTurner@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-7370

    Senator Bud Estes from Senate District 119 in Dodge City -- bud.estes@house.ks.gov – (785) 296-6287

    Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau from Senate District 29 in Northern Wichita -- Oletha.Faust-Goudeau@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-7387

    Senator Bruce Givens from Senate District 14 in Southcentral Kansas -- Bruce.Givens@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-7678

    Senator Jeff Longbine from Senate District 17 in Northeast Kansas -- Jeff.Longbine@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-7384

    Senator Ty Masterson from Senate District 16 in Southcentral Kansas -- Ty.Masterson@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-7388

    Senator Robert Olson from Senate District 23 in Northeast Kansas -- Rob.Olson@senate.ks.gov – (785) 796-7358

    Senator Lynn Rogers from Senate District 23 in Wichita -- Lynn.Rogers@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-7391

    Senator Caryn Tyson from Senate District 12 in Northeast Wichita -- Caryn.Tyson@senate.ks.gov – (785) 296-6838

Senator Haley did not say a specific amount of revenue medical marijuana could bring in, but said it would be in the millions of dollars of taxable revenue.

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