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Working for Sensible Cannabis Law Reform in Kansas
KANSAS FOR CHANGE, INC is a Not For Profit Organization dedicated to serving the growing public movement for Sensible and Compassionate Marijuana Laws.
Kansas For Change Members were on hand to speak to the need for the passage of SB9 and its twin bill in the house HB2198.
The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature recently passed a non-binding resolution supporting Kansas Senate bill SB9 that was introduced in 2013 by Senator David Haley. The Kansas Silver Haired legislature represents approximately 450,000 Kansas citizens over the age of 60. These wise elders of our state have come to understand that the propaganda of the past has been just that and they are demanding change just like the rest of us.
A great deal of the suscess in ending the the misinformation and propaganda is due to people like retired undercover narcotics officer Jack Cole and the great work done by LEAP. Jack Cole addressed the KSHL on October 2, 2013 speaking out about the failed war on drugs and the damage that this assumed solution has actually done to our society.
KANSAS FOR CHANGE, INC. is a Kansas nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for education and advocacy in the areas of:
the re-legalization of medical, adult use, and agricultural use of cannabis, marijuana, hemp and hemp products;
protection and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights;
providing a pathway for civil and political engagement of individuals,
communities, and groups disenfranchised by the realities of the war on drugs;
any other social welfare activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Although Marijuana (Cannabis) is on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, a federal law, alleging that it has no acceptable medical use, there are many states and countries around the world, in which it is accepted for medical use. There are even studies sanctioned by the US government which show demonstrable benefits to the use of marijuana, but the most extensive research has been done overseas due to the restrictions in the US. However, it is clear that marijuana has never caused a death, while legal alcohol kills thousands every year.
In spite of the benefits of marijuana, the Drug War begun by President Nixon has proven to be a means to prosecute and imprison large numbers of mostly minority people. The initial criminalization of marijuana was based on its use by people who were stereotyped as bad characters, blacks and Mexicans, and that became a way to keep those communities under control. In addition, the billions spent on the Drug War have only led to violence by cartels, street thugs and the police; as well as imprisonment and community disruption for hundreds of thousands otherwise law-abiding people. It has not led to reduction in the use of marijuana. Rather it has operated to enrich the criminal cartels, the prison industry, prescription drug makers, and police organizations which receive money for arrests whether or not those arrests result in convictions. Jury nullification (a finding of “not guilty” in the face of unfair prosecutions) has become the only way for the public to express its opposition to these unjust laws.
We feel that drug abuse is a public health issue, rather than a criminal one. If abusers steal or otherwise break the law, they should be jailed for those crimes, and if needed, provided with treatment for their addiction. For patients who find more benefit from marijuana than from prescribed pain killers, and for others who just use marijuana to relax, we are working to change the law so that they may not face criminal penalties for their use.
Kansas for Change, Inc.
President: Esau A. Freeman
Secretary: Sharon L. Gordon
Treasurer: David Mulford
Mike Morton, Legislative Liaison
Darrel Pentz, Patient
Attitudes about Marijuana (Cannabis) are changing across the country. Research about the uses for Cannabis and Hemp is supporting its effectiveness and safety for medical and other industrial purposes. The Drug War has focused much more on Marijuana than any other of the more dangerous drugs, and has utterly failed to reduce the consumption of Marijuana in the US. And yet, while some states have recognized the futility and harm of continuing to arrest and imprison people for their private use of Marijuana, we have work to do in Kansas before we can hope to have Marijuana available legally for patients who could benefit from it, or for others who wish to engage in adult use as an alternative to the more harmful effects of alcohol.
Our mission therefore, is to educate and advocate for changes in the law in three areas:
Agricultural hemp, and
Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana for responsible adult use.
We also work with other organizations addressing other impacts of the war on drugs, such as mass incarceration, asset forfeiture, and civil rights.
Please consider becoming a member and join us in our mission to provide a voice that reflects the changing public opinion regarding the drug war, and to achieve reform of Kansas laws including the passage of legislation to allow the beneficial use of medical marijuana, responsible adult use, and industrial hemp for farming.
Press "Request Information" below to contact us. And thank you for your interest in our mission.
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Please consider the financial connections that each of these sponsors have in sharing the message above. From the District Attorney's office to the Recovery Specialist and Drug Testing facilities there are substantial amounts of money at stake.
How Can You Help?
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Remind them that you support medical Marijuana and vote for candidates who do the same.