Could Kansas follow Colorado in pot legalization? - KCTV5

Could Kansas follow Colorado in pot legalization?

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Colorado dispensaries are one of the most popular businesses on this new year, as the state's recreational marijuana laws make smoking pot legal.  But next door in Kansas, the idea isn't so popular. Colorado dispensaries are one of the most popular businesses on this new year, as the state's recreational marijuana laws make smoking pot legal. But next door in Kansas, the idea isn't so popular.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Kansas Sen. David Haley hopes with Colorado's legal marijuana laws in effect that the momentum will begin to swing his way.

Colorado dispensaries are one of the most popular businesses on this new year, as the state's recreational marijuana laws make smoking pot legal. But next door in Kansas, the idea isn't so popular.

"Why to continue with the stigma is unwarranted and is certainly something I don't understand, and a growing number of Kansans don't understand either," Haley said.

Haley, from Kansas City, KS, has introduced a medical marijuana bill three times now. And each time his fellow lawmakers refuse to acknowledge Senate Bill 9 in the Public Health and Welfare Committee.

"Twenty states now have some form of medical marijuana, as does Washington DC. It is time for Kansas to clearly understand this should not be a war on drugs when people are looking for holistic answers," Haley said.

The chairwoman, Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, of Shawnee, did not reply to KCTV5's requests for comment about why she won't hold a hearing on the subject.

It is a topic Haley believes can gain some ground even in one of the most conservative states in the union.

"Currently, marijuana is one of the largest agricultural crops that is produced in Kansas. We're known as the wheat state, but in many ways, we could be known as the weed state," Haley said.

It is a 2014 New Year's resolution of sorts for this Kansas senator.

KCTV5 reached out to several law enforcement agencies in Kansas City – on both sides of the stateline – about their protocols should they find marijuana on a Colorado resident visiting the area.

It was a mixed bag. Missouri State Highway Patrol says it will enforce Missouri's laws, but in Wyandotte County, the sheriff's department says it will depend on the amount of weed on the person.

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