Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has just signed into law a measure that allows the use of low-THC cannabis oil for medical purposes by qualified patients. The new law will go into effect on July 1.
The bill is known as “Claire and Lola’s Law” as it was pushed by Gwen and Scott Hartley, whose daughter, 12-year-old Lola, has microcephaly. The couple’s other daughter, Claire, died of the same condition in December 2018 at the age of 17.
Microcephaly is a medical condition wherein a child’s brain does not develop fully.
CBD oil was legalized in 2018
CBD oil was already generally legalized in May 2018. However, it was not made readily available in the state as it can still contain traces of THC. And THC is still a banned substance.
The new law lifts this THC prohibition to the extent that CBD oil with up to 5 percent of THC is allowed.
Kansas is one of four remaining states in the U.S. that have no provisions for medical cannabis.
What else does the new law offer?
Aside from giving patients legal access to CBD oil for relief from their symptoms where pharmaceutical drugs fail, and from helping them avoid prosecution for possessing CBD oil with very low THC content, the new law also provides that agencies cannot remove children from parents who are caught in possession of or using CBD oil for medical treatment.
Long way to go
According to Gov. Kelly, signing Claire and Lola’s bill is only the first step in addressing the health needs of many patients in Kansas. “We still have a long way to go,” she said.
Kelly added that she is hopeful the legislature will comprehensively review the issue next session.