Bipartisan medical marijuana bill proposed in Kansas House

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) A bill to legalize medical marijuana was proposed in the Kansas House on Wednesday.

House bill No. 2163, also known as the veterans first medical cannabis act, would provide registration for patients, licenses for medical marijuana growers and distributors and medical marijuana dispensaries.

The bipartisan bill would also establish the cannabis regulatory commission and taxation of cannabis. The bipartisan bill is backed by four representatives from northeast Kansas: Rep. Jim Karleskint, a Republican from Tonganoxie, Rep. Cindy Holscher, a Democrat from Olathe, Rep. Eileen Horn, a Democrat from Lawrence, and Jan Kessinger, a Republican from Overland Park.

Medical marijuana is already legal in 33 states across the country including border states: Oklahoma and Missouri. Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2012.