At times tearful, Raymond Schwab addresses the Kansas Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee in regards to a proposed CBD oil bill, on January 21, 2016. (video below)
Raymond, a veteran of the United States Navy, and his wife Amelia had their children taken by the State of Kansas 8 months ago, due to Raymond’s use of medicinal marijuana to treat his PTSD, which is legal in Colorado, where Schwab lives, but illegal in Kansas.
The bill, SB2049, would reduce criminal penalties for possession of marijuana from one year in jail and a fine of $2500 to 6 months in jail, and a $1,000 fine, and would make a second offense a misdemeanor, if passed. Currently, a second time possession of marijuana is a felony.
An amendment to that bill, proposed by Senator John Wilson, would allow for CBD oil to be used by epilepsy patients, but not by patients of various other ailments who say they would benefit from the medicine.
Voters in Wichita approved a ballot measure last year to reduce the penalties for first time possession of marijuana to a $50 fine, without the possibility of jail time. The state has sued, and the Kansas Supreme Court has heard arguments from both sides, but has not yet released a verdict on the issue.