State Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, is having trouble getting the House leadership to respect her bill to legalize and regulate medical marijuana. All she can get is an informational hearing, which will occur Tuesday. But this isn’t some hippie movement. It is a serious, compassionate effort to provide real relief to people who are suffering. It also has the backing of such law-and-order Republicans as former Kansas Attorney General Bob Stephan, and it should appeal to libertarian-leaning lawmakers who want to get government out of people’s lives. At the least, the Legislature should respect suffering Kansans enough to have a real committee hearing about the measure.
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