Kansas is means behind on the subject of hashish laws, as their legal guidelines are among the strictest within the nation, they usually’ve but to see something important come by way of. Nonetheless, they are finally moving in a positive direction on the subject of employees comp.
A brand new invoice would assist be certain that an worker can nonetheless get cash for being injured on the job, even when they’re a cannabis person, and the invoice would settle for that hashish isn’t in the identical class as different managed substances.
This new proposed invoice, generally known as House Bill 2040, would take hashish off of the drug impairment record, that means that even when a employee is discovered to have sure ranges of hashish of their system following an harm, they aren’t robotically stored from getting employees’ comp cash due to their hashish use. This might change issues for many who use hashish of their spare time exterior of labor, as hashish can keep within the system for weeks after use.
In authorized language, the invoice would create a “rebuttable presumption” that an injured employee who has used alcohol or unlawful medication, additionally together with cocaine, opiates, and methamphetamines, can nonetheless attempt for a payout. It might take away hashish and THC from the record of medication that trigger impairment completely. So, whereas that is nonetheless a really small step in comparison with what many states are doing, they’re making it a degree to distinguish between hashish and different managed substances.
Along with H.B. 2040, Kansas lawmakers additionally launched Home Invoice 2016, which might additionally have an effect on employees’ comp claims. The invoice would look into whether or not or not the accident was a “substantial” think about inflicting the business, fairly than simply the “prevailing” issue.
These payments would go into impact instantly if they’re signed into legislation.
Hashish in Kansas
This might be a minor victory for hashish in Kansas, however it could nonetheless be substantial, because the state has had hardly any victories in that area. Final 12 months, the state even objected to pushing by way of a legislation that might reduce hashish possession penalties, a child step that could be a far cry from full, leisure legalization.
As a result of the committee that reviewed the legislation is Republican-controlled, even this measure didn’t make it by way of to turn out to be a legislation. Many felt it was too excessive of a transfer for the state on the time.
“I nonetheless don’t consider that marijuana must be legalized,” said GOP Rep. Stephen Owens on the time, concerning his opposition. “I consider this was a step in that path.”
Nonetheless, others believed that this minor step could possibly be a stable lead into full-scale legalization for hashish,
“I assumed this was delicate sufficient that it’d get by way of the committee,” stated Democratic Rep. Boog Highberger, who hoped to see the brand new laws cross. “I can’t clarify it.”
It’s nonetheless not clear if H.B 2040 and H.B. 2016 will cross, however as that is a good milder measure in direction of cannabis legalization, advocates are nonetheless hopeful.