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.”