Legalize Cannabis for Medical and Recreational Use for Kansas Residents

Legalize Cannabis for Medical and Recreational Use for Kansas Residents

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Stephen Kaufman started this petition to Governor Laura Kelly and

I would like to make Cannabis legal for recreational and medical use for Kansas residents. Our elected officials have the power to make this change for us residents as quickly as we can spread the information and make the changes we the citizens desire. We need local Kansas state lawmakers to contact states that have already successfully passed legislation legalizing the plant to use as outlines for our own. This plant has a list of benefits longer than one would think. We have been deceived for far too long on this plant and the many health benefits it can bring you. Cannabis is composed of many different cannabinoids, two of which include CBD and THC. These cannabinoids react with the endocannabinoid system, which we already have in our body, and they play a role in how our neurotransmitters react to different stimuli. To put it more simply, when we ingest cannabis whether it be in the form of cream, oil, or smoking we are getting those benefits that we don't otherwise get. We do get some benefits from prescribed medication but that medication comes with a side-effect sheet regardless of the possible benefits. By legalizing this plant we can reduce the number of individuals who are solely reliant on some type of pill that was manufactured in a lab. It opens up an entire community of individuals willing to treat their symptoms without the dreadful side effects. 


Some of these benefits include relief from chronic pain, improving your lungs capacity, help you lose weight and even fight cancer. Ingesting cannabis helps regulate your body's insulin and by doing so regulates and possibly prevents diabetes. Cannabis has also been shown to help those with autism by calming them down and those with depression by regulating mood swings.  With the increase of children getting diagnosed with ADD/ADHD there have been numerous studies showing that cannabis is promoting focus and this is a great alternative to Ritalin or Adderall. In individuals who have Glaucoma there has been research done on how cannabis use provides relief on the pressure caused by this disease. Cannabis also contains cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory properties which can slow down the development of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimers. Another benefit is how it helps those with PTSD by controlling the fight or flight response often going into overdrive when a person becomes triggered. According to Coastal Integrative Medicine, Cannabis has fewer side-effects than prescription medications for pain such as Oxycodone. Oxycodone is a pain-killer that can be habit forming and deadly if misused. The reason that this plant is still so misunderstood is because of the lack of research being done for it. By legalizing this plant we can fund the research needed to establish scientific evidence on the benefits of this plant so we can break this stigma.


I care about the legalization of this plant because it will provide a tremendous amount of benefits to the citizens of Kansas. Along with its incredible medical benefits, legalizing this plant will bring in millions of dollars for state and local governments, which in turn will help fund state and local schools, public healthcare, roadways etc. For example, in January of 2021 Colorado made $187.5 million from sales, that number alone should be reason enough. Our state can tremendously benefit from the extra revenue collected from the legalization of cannabis. We can designate certain numbers to be allotted for homeless shelters, agricultural opportunities, mental health etc. The possibilities are endless but we must take those first steps by legalizing it. We look at states that have already done this and we start to question why aren’t we allowed to do what citizens of other states are doing? If they are getting medical benefits from the plant then shouldn’t Kansas citizens have it taken off of the controlled substance list because it has medical benefits? Kansas lists Marijuana as being a Schedule 1 drug because of its high probability of abuse and addiction. Has there been research done to confirm that statement? If that is true then what are we saying to other states that have legalized this “dangerous” drug? Alcohol and Tobacco have higher cases of abuse and addiction, we did the research on it, it has more related deaths combined than Cannabis, but they are legal for anyone now 21 years of age or older. Alcohol and Tobacco have no medicinal benefits but are not considered Schedule 1 drugs by Kansas or the DEA, why is that? Furthermore, I ask my fellow Kansas residents to take the time and research this plant, consider the benefits of legalizing it and help break the stigma surrounding one of God’s own creations. 

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