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Emma O’Brien
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August 8, 2022

 

ICYMI: DEREK SCHMIDT THWARTS WILL OF THE PEOPLE ON MARIJUANA CRUSADES

Topeka, KS –  Last week, in an op-ed in the Wichita Eagle, medical marijuana advocate Esau Freeman outlined the many benefits – medical and economic – of legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas. As noted, Kansas remains one of only 12 states that has yet to legalize medical marijuana or expand Medicaid, and the failure to do both hurts Kansans and the state’s bottom line.

Despite its many benefits, Derek Schmidt not only continues to oppose this potentially life-saving legislation, but fumbled a legal opinion so badly he caused small businesses to be illegally raided, costing one small business owner tens of thousands of dollars.

Read more on Derek Schmidt’s opposition to medical marijuana and Medicaid expansion here

  • “As Kansas fails to legalize the use of medical marijuana, we’re not only letting down those in our state with chronic illnesses, but we’re losing out on millions of dollars in economic revenue and hurting our small businesses.” 
  • “Attorney General Derek Schmidt went against the will of the people and overruled our voters by taking the case to the Kansas Supreme Court. Schmidt used his job to silence the voters. Now, he’s running for governor and asking for your vote, still actively opposing legalizing medical marijuana.”
  • “Just a few months ago, a legal opinion provided by Schmidt led to Topeka small businesses getting raided by the police, seizing over $120,000 in cash and products despite the business owner not breaking any laws. This limited the business owner’s ability to operate and make money.” 
  • “Medical marijuana is popular – 68% of Kansans support legalizing it. Despite the many benefits and its popularity, Schmidt still opposes legalizing medical marijuana, and would not sign this into law if he were to become governor this fall.”

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