Kansas Libertarians are thrilled with the potential of medical cannabis bill SB158. While there is still a long way to go to achieve true freedom, the growing momentum towards a national/federal acceptance shows promise.
LPKS Political Director Matt Clark says, “Medical cannabis bill SB158 was unfortunately sent back to committee before receiving a vote on the State House floor. There will be an opportunity for medical cannabis to pass this year when the state legislature reconvenes in May. Let your representatives know SB158 is a priority to you.”
If you don’t identify as libertarian and want to know why we’re so passionate about this issue, keep reading! We’ll scrape away the political jargon and expose the raw issues, for a liberty-focused perspective on the topic of marijuana legalization.
As with any subject, policies do not dictate morality. Ultimately, we support a person’s right to treat their body however and with whatever substance they decide is appropriate.
The one who knows an individual’s health best isn’t a government institution or a healthcare facility – it’s the individual themselves. Therefore, we don’t condone or frown upon any person’s decision to partake or abstain from restricted/illegal substances. It’s no one’s business but their own.
The stereotype of “recreational potheads” is extremely hurtful to patients who benefit from the positive effects of marijuana, helping them control anxiety, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, and a myriad of other physical and mental health conditions.
While some see medicinal marijuana as a positive step towards recreational/all types of legalization, we also recognize this middle ground for what it is: another opportunity for heavy taxation, bureaucratic barriers, and red tape in healthcare.
There are far too many inmates in this state jailed for victimless crimes. This loss of freedom directly affects their families and communities, and at a heavier burden to the taxpayer.
Let’s consider the hypothetical that marijuana does reach widespread acceptance. Is there then a plan for releasing those already incarcerated for possession? The LP is eager to see justice for every inmate serving time for outdated “offenses.”
THE FREE MARKET
This one’s simple: Rendering a substance illegal effectively guarantees a black market, which then leads to crime. Cartels are the logical result of this economic decision. (Those of us who live near Kansas City are acutely aware of the city’s Prohibition-era history surrounding government restrictions!)
We have already seen that SB158 arrives with stipulations:
- Requires that pharmacies audit dispensaries
- Allows counties to prohibit dispensaries
- Prohibits private companies from billboard advertising along state highways
It also requires a fee structure for cultivator applications and licensing, further extending costs associated with public access. The cleanest and most accurate measure of an economic production is one where market forces are unimpeded.
THE WAR ON DRUGS
This phony excuse for military intervention has been active for decades. While Republicans and Democrats alike want to be seen as keeping America sober, they don’t truly care about citizens’ drug usage (except where the prosecution of it brings in revenue).
Legalizing a plant has many benefits for Americans. It could mitigate pain and suffering. Jumpstart economies. Lessen crime. Encourage and reward entrepreneurship. Instead, corrupt politicians and the media have pushed the narrative that marijuana is harmful and should be controlled – a lie we don’t accept.
From the LPKS Chair, Ned Kelley:
“I hope [the House] passes something soon! And I hope they provide for the lowest barriers to entry and the most free-market arrangement as possible. To be honest, I would prefer no regulation – but if it is to be regulated, please do it in a way which allows regular local farmers and families to participate, not just big crony corporations.”
As the battle for full legalization continues, we celebrate the minor victories along the way. Agree with us? Join us!
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Allison Ross, LPKS Communications Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Clark, LPKS Political Director – email@example.com
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