Kansas Cannabis Business Licenses
WHAT IS KANSAS'S CURRENT CANNABIS MARKET STATUS?
Cannabis is illegal in Kansas for all purposes, however CBD was recently legalized in 2018
WHAT ARE KANSAS'S CANNABIS LAWS?
Many efforts have been made to decriminalize and legalize medical cannabis in the state of Kansas, but none have been successful. In May of 2018, Governor Jeff Colyer signed Senate Bill 282 which excluded CBD oil from the definition of cannabis, which allowed for the legalization of CBD oil.
WHAT IS KANSAS'S CANNABIS LICENSING TIMELINE & CANNABIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
There is not a cannabis licensing timeline in Kansas currently.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN KANSAS?
Kansas is a strict state when it comes to cannabis. Originally, it was prohibited in 1927 and not much has changed since then. Possession of cannabis has a fairly harsh punishment as the first possession charge of less than 450 grams (16 oz) results in a misdemeanor with a 1-year incarceration sentence and a $2,500 fine maximum.
In 2015, Shona Banda was a resident of Garden City, KS and used medical cannabis to help with her painful Crohn’s disease. She was arrested for five felony charges related to cannabis use and her son was seized from her and taken into Child Protective Services. Banda’s arrest sparked debate and outrage over harsh cannabis laws in Kansas.
Recently, in June of this year, a bill to legalize medical cannabis that several Kansas House lawmakers recently filed did not advance during the short special session that ended last week. The legislation did not get raised by the Republican-led legislature and died in committee.
DOES KANSAS HAVE A HEMP PROGRAM?
ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE KANSAS CANNABIS MARKET?
Though recreational and medical cannabis are not yet legal in Kansas, it’s always advantageous to stay ahead of the curve! Point7 has the resources and knowledge needed to ensure an applicant is prepared and stands out to application reviewers. Email today to schedule a call with a dedicated Point7 team member.