Daily Archives: Jan. 23, 2013

Poll: Kansans strongly favor medicinal marijuana

Over the past few years, legislative leaders have been indifferent to bills that would have Kansas join the District of Columbia and 18 states in allowing medicinal use of marijuana – including one proposed this session by Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City. But their constituents may feel otherwise, judging from a SurveyUSA poll sponsored this month by KWCH, Channel 12. Seventy percent of those Kansans polled said the state should legalize medicinal marijuana, with 28 percent against. Respondents said doctors should be able to prescribe it to any patient (50 percent) or only to the terminally ill (28 percent) or those with a serious illness (19 percent). But 58 percent said Kansas shouldn’t join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing recreational pot use. Regarding the Legislature’s reluctance to even consider medicinal marijuana, Haley said: “I don’t understand the opposition. Kansas is a conservative state, but this is not a conservative or liberal issue.”

Save money by meeting less

Good for leaders at the Statehouse and the Sedgwick County commissioners for trying to reduce costs by trimming the time spent in session. Legislative leaders of both parties have endorsed plans to shave 10 days off the usual 90-day session, which would mean not pushing the usual big decisions to the wrap-up session and risking overtime. And next week the Sedgwick County Commission begins its schedule of one fewer meeting a month, which will save about $10,000 a year in TV broadcasting costs as it frees up staff time. Both changes will require better planning and efficiency, to ensure they don’t lead to rushed and bad decisions or missed deadlines. But taxpayers can applaud the efforts to save money by meeting less.