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Fear of crime, violence sidetracks Kansas medical marijuana proposal

The soonest Kansas could legalize a medical marijuana program is now 2025.

The Republican-controlled state Senate voted Thursday to punt a restrictive MMJ legalization proposal to next year’s legislative session, Topeka TV station KSNT reported.


Kansas is one of only 10 states in the U.S. without access to either legal medical or adult-use cannabis.

Senate Bill 555, introduced last month, would have created a five-year pilot program to allow very ill people access to limited MMJ products.

Popular products such as smokable flower, vaporizer cartridges and flavored edibles would have all been banned.

That was still too much for law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers, who said legalization would “increase the amount” of organized crime and violence, KSNT reported.

Lawmakers said they

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