Earlier this month, Kansas Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City, Kansas) introduced SB 9, a bill which would allow Kansas residents with qualifying conditions to legally use and possess marijuana.

According to a recent SurveyUSA poll, 70% of Kansans believe that medical marijuana should be legal, but unfortunately, State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee), chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, intends to block the bill from receiving a hearing. Pilcher-Cook said in an interview with AP, “I don’t think the Legislature would be for it,” she said. “We have a very limited session. You have to look at the opportunity costs.”

Opportunity costs? What about the opportunity cost of denying every sick person who would benefit from marijuana the right to use it? Or how about the opportunity costs of someone taking addictive and dangerous opiates because they don’t have safe access to marijuana?

Lives are literally hanging in the balance and the opportunity cost of not allowing this bill a hearing is too great.

Please use the script below to call Pilcher-Cook’s office (785-296-7362) and/or sign below to send her an email urging her to allow SB 9 to receive a hearing.

 

Note: You must be a Kansas resident in order to participate in this action.