TOPEKA - Supporters of medical marijuana rallied in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday to protest a bill that they say would make it harder for epilepsy sufferers to get hemp-based remedies.

The group opposes Senate Bill 489, which was originally designed to create a medical-card system to allow patients access to hemp oil and other marijuana derivatives for treatment of epileptic seizures and other medical conditions.

The protesters said the bill ended up so heavily amended by a Senate committee that it actually would make it more difficult to obtain hemp-related treatments.

They also said it would restrict compounds with very low concentrations of marijuana derivatives that are already legal.

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Dion Lefler ~ WichitaEagle.com ~

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