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Business slows slightly on day two of veto session; Medical marijuana and budgetary discussions expected to pick up in coming days KVOE News File Photo

Following the busy start to the 2021 veto session Monday, proceedings were a bit less hectic inside the Kansas Statehouse Tuesday. 

According to 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber of Emporia two bills were passed just before lunchtime including a package bill pertaining to tax policy and a package of bills pertaining to penalties for a variety of criminal offenses. While business wasn't quite as hectic as Monday, Schreiber and 51st District Representative Ron Highland of Wamego are anticipating discussions will ramp up very soon with two major issues still needing resolution.

According to Highland a bill regarding medical marijuana in Kansas has left committee chambers and may come before the House for discussion as soon as Wednesday. Highland says he is very much opposed to the possibility stating that the FDA still categorizes marijuana as a schedule one drug, putting it in the same category as cocaine, heroin and LSD just to name a few.

He says not only will legalizing medical marijuana demonstrate a high level of "arrogance" by the legislature but he feels it also places too much liability on the state.

 

Schreiber disagrees with Highland's assessment saying he is in favor of the possibility of medical marijuana. He went on to say there is a major difference between approving the drug for medicinal purposes versus recreational use.

Schreiber later stated that he feels marijuana's current classification as a schedule one drug should be revisited at some point. 

Another major talking point for the Legislature is on the budget. Schreiber says the increase in revenues over the past year gives him confidence that the state will be able to address more financial issues than originally expected.

That being said, Schreiber feels it is important the legislature not go on a spending spree.

 

Highland says the increased revenues gives him no extra confidence and feels it gives "people to much comfort."

KVOE will continue to check in with local lawmakers periodically as the veto session continues.

 

 

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Last modified on Tuesday, 04 May 2021 16:30