Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed into law a bill which would allow profoundly ill people who suffer from severe diseases to access hemp derived cannabinoid for their treatment as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications. The new law will come as a relief for people possessing certain blends of oil extracted from cannabis plants. It would also prohibit officials from prosecuting such patients under the case of drug possession.
The Associated Press from Leafly explained, According to the new law, the protected cannabidiol (CBD) oils must contain no more than 5% THC, a chemical found in marijuana plants which causes the “high” when people smoke weed. Kansas is one of only four states where there are no provisions for use of medical marijuana.
CBD is known for its healing capabilities and non-psychoactive nature which does not alter the state of mind of the user. It is an anti-inflammatory compound which helps reduce pain, anxiety, swelling, inflammation, controls seizures, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Though research and study are still being conducted in the cannabinoid space, researchers have found that the drug is quite effective and has shown tremendous results in many people.
Companies such as Coromega, Fresh & Co, Seed & Bean and many others are stepping on the cannabinoid bandwagon with CBD infused products along the line. Restaurants are launching new menus that include CBD based pesto, pizza, burgers, beer, mocktails and what not. Customers can now easily pick and choose if they would like to have CBD oil sprinkled on their dish or not.
However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow CBD infused foods and beverages to be sold. The agency will hold a public meeting on May 31 with stakeholders, officials and others to discuss the regulatory policies on CBD infused products. It is yet to decide whether the drug is safe for consumers or not on a regular basis. Currently, it only allows CBD in a medicinal drug which is used to treat severe epilepsy in children.
As for Kansas, besides offering a defense against prosecution in state and city courts, the new law also bars agencies from removing children from the homes of parents who possess CBD oil for medical treatments.
The “Claire and Lola’s law” was initiated by Gwen and Scott Harley, whose 12-year old daughter, Lola, suffers from microcephaly, a medical condition in which a child’s brain does not fully develop. The condition has already claimed the life of Lola’s elder sister, Claire who died at the age of 17 in December 2018.
“I’m pleased to sign Claire and Lola’s bill into law today,” Kelly said Monday in a written statement. She also added that this is a significant step in addressing the health needs of many Kansans, and the legislature will review this issue comprehensively in the next session.
Supporters say that CBD is highly effective in treating pain, anxiety and also helps them sleep better. Cannabinoid is also known to improve concentration and help the user to become more focused.
Republican Rep. Susan Humphries, of Wichita told the Topeka Capital Journal earlier this year that a single bottle of the oil can possibly last for weeks and the dosages are administered in drops.
“This is a substance that you really can’t abuse in the way we’re thinking, in that if you drink the CBD oil you’re going to be so sick,” Humphries said.
Opponents raised concerns that the bill could place law enforcement officers in a difficult position of making on spot determinations about arresting people in possession of CBD oil testing THC concentration. A regulatory framework which outlines proper guidelines and precise call to action would be able to help officials understand the law better and also maintain a sane environment without abusing CBD in any form.
The law goes into effect on July 1.