Kansas took its first step this past week in joining 40 other states in the U.S. that are growing industrial hemp, according to a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed the bill to create an industrial hemp pilot program in the state which passed the Senate in February and the House earlier this month.

Tuesday marked a milestone for proponents of growing industrial hemp in Kansas.

Christine Gordon is battling the Kansas Legislature for access to medical marijuana for her 6-year-old daughter, Autumn, who has a form of epilepsy that leaves her with persistent seizures that have not responded to traditional medicines.

RENO COUNTY, Kan. - As the Kansas farm economy struggles farmers are considering anything that can help turn a profit, even if it means changing state law.

Wichita residents will likely get another chance at a ballot initiative to lower the penalty for small-time possession of marijuana.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators who have resisted proposals to legalize marijuana for medical use are advancing a proposal aimed at making the state an industrial hemp powerhouse.

A Kansas Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would allow doctors and physicians to prescribe and dispense “non-intoxicating” medicine derived from marijuana.

With their water wells dropping, two farmers from the far southwest corner of Kansas flew a 1967 Cessna Wednesday morning to Topeka – all in support of hemp.

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A bill being pushed by a Kansas state senator from Kansas City to legalize marijuana for medical purposes was heard in committee on Monday.

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a Garden City, Kansas, mother who lost custody of her son over her use of cannabis oil in an incident that drew national attention.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A measure approved by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback reduces some penalties for marijuana possession.

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.

TOPEKA, KAN. - Kansas Democratic Rep. John Wilson never thought he'd take up marijuana as a legislative cause, but the struggles of a family in his district to get medical hemp preparations to treat their son's seizures changed his mind.

The Garden City mother who has become a face of the medicinal marijuana legalization movement in Kansas is suing the state and some of the agencies involved in questioning and removing her 11-year-old son from her home last spring after he spoke up about her cannabis use at school.

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Last month, the federal government sided with Colorado in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by Oklahoma and Nebraska, which claim that Colorado's marijuana laws should be dismantled due to residual harm being caused across state lines. Kansas hasn't joined the suit, but its attorney general, Derek Schmidt, appears to be gathering evidence that would bolster the case being made by these states.

Garden City mother Shona Banda. File image: Wichita Eagle

A Garden City mother who faces five marijuana-related charges waived her preliminary hearing Monday when she found out the state wanted her 11-year-old son to testify against her, according to a Facebook post by her defense attorney.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The north side of the Statehouse became a graveyard Saturday afternoon.


 

 

And a funeral.

All symbols used by the advocacy group Bleeding Kansas to bring awareness of a bill they’ve been trying to get out of committee for years.