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A Garden City medical marijuana activist is making national news. Shona Banda's home was raided and her son was placed in protective custody—at least in part due to something the boy said during an anti-drug presentation at school. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more.

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A Garden City woman whose home was raided March 24 after her son took issue with an anti-marijuana presentation at school turned herself in yesterday at the Finney County Law Enforcement Center. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson was there.

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The Kansas Supreme Court says it will decide the legality of a voter-approved ordinance in Wichita lessening criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

The court ruled Wednesday that it will retain jurisdiction under its authority to hear issues of sufficient public concern.

It kept in place a stay of district court proceedings.

It also noted that Wichita has already agreed that enactment of the ordinance should be put on hold until the courts rule.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt contends the ordinance is void because it conflicts with state law.

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Supporters of a broad bill that would ease marijuana laws that's making its way through the Kansas Legislature claim the bill is a narrow enough set of reforms that conservative Republicans can vote for it.

Supporters also say it demonstrates a shift in a long-running discussion.

The Republican-dominated House passed the bill by a wide margin Thursday.

It would decrease penalties for marijuana possession, launch a study of industrial hemp and legalize the limited production and sale of hemp oil for seizure treatments.

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The Kansas House has approved a measure that would decrease penalties for marijuana possession, allow the limited use of medical marijuana and study the use of industrial hemp.

House members voted 81-36 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate for consideration.

First- and second-time marijuana offenders without serious prior convictions would avoid jail time under the bill. That would decrease the population in the state's overcrowded prisons and save more than $1.7 million over the next two fiscal years, according to state estimates.

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Prosecutors are seeking more information before deciding whether to charge a medical marijuana advocate who lost custody of her 11-year-old son following his comments during a drug education program at school.

Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said yesterday she has asked Garden City police for follow-up reports in the case of 37-year-old Shona Banda. Those are expected to be completed within 10 days.

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The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Wichita to respond by May 6 to arguments made by the Kansas attorney general seeking to nullify the ordinance because it conflicts with state law. The court also halted for now proceedings in Sedgwick County District Court that had also aimed to resolve the issue.

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A group of state lawmakers are encouraging voters in Wichita to defeat a marijuana initiative appearing on next Tuesdays ballots. KMUWs Sean Sandefur has more...

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Bills easing the state's restrictions on marijuana are moving deeper into the Kansas Legislature, but they're now facing an uncertain future.

The Kansas House decided to delay action on two marijuana bills in late February.

One would decrease penalties for an offender's first two possession convictions.

The other allows some seizure patients to receive treatments from marijuana-based medicines.

Representative John Rubin of Shawnee sponsored the bill on marijuana sentencing.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued an opinion challenging the validity of Wichita's proposed marijuana initiative. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The 13-page document from Schmidt says the proposed ordinance, which would lower penalties for adults in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, conflicts with state statutes. If a public vote to adopt the change were to take place on Election Day, Schmidt wrote that it would “have no legal force or effect.”