WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A new law goes into effect that may protect Kansans in possession of THC CBD oil for medical purposes.
According to HB 2244, if you have a debilitating condition, possess CBD oil with a small amount of THC, and have a note from your doctor, you now have an affirmative defense to any prosecution.
The bill, also known as Claire and Lola’s law, was passed in May.
The girls’ parents, Gwen and Scott Hartley, lobbied for the bill. They said it could save Lola’s life. The 12-year-old suffers from microcephaly, a medical condition in which a child’s brain doesn’t fully develop and the child has an abnormally small head for his or her age.
The condition claimed the life of Lola’s older sister, Claire, who died at the age of 17 in December 2018.
The Hartley family says the CBD oil, which will contain a small amount of THC, would be used to help Lola with seizures which could improve her quality of life and even extend it.
Under the new law, no CBD oil containing THC can be bought, sold or manufactured in Kansas.
To date, no one has been charged in other states with similar laws.