Kansas Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana

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Topeka (WIBW) - A Kansas House committee is weighing the controversial issue of medical marijuana.

The Health and Human Services committee held an informational meeting on the topic Wednesday.

It was spurred by a proposal from Rep. Gail Finney to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The Wichita Democrat's bill would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses.

Several people spoked to the committee, many carrying pictures of family members. They told lawmakers how marijuana may have helped ease the pains of their loved ones, especially compared with more traditional methods.

The Medical Marijuana Project says 14 states, including Colorado and New Mexico have passed similar laws.