Democratic candidates eager to approve medical marijuana, gun-training laws

Five candidates competing for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor Wednesday affirmed support for imposition of gun-safety mandates and for legalization of medicinal marijuana while clashing over their previous positions on abortion rights and concealed firearms. The televised debate following a broadcast Tuesday with Republican Party gubernatorial candidates also afforded the Democrats a broader forum for denouncing policies of Gov. Jeff Colyer and former Gov. Sam Brownback, who have led the state since 2011. Topeka Sen. Laura Kelly, former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Olathe physician Arden Andersen, Wichita teenager Jack Bergeson and former state Rep. Josh Svaty shared frustration with permissive Kansas law on carrying of concealed handguns. State lawmakers repealed a requirement people seeking to carry concealed had to undergo eight hours of training, clear a review by the attorney general’s office and pay a state licensing fee, Svaty said. His critique, aimed at Kelly, made reference to slaughter ov 20 children and six adults during 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “After I left the Legislature, the Legislature removed most of those (requirements),” Svaty said. “In fact, Sen. Kelly not only voted for that legislation, she co-sponsored it. This was two years after Sandy Hook.” Andersen and his four peers agreed on the need to legalize medicinal use of marijuana in Kansas. “The legalization of, at least medicinal marijuana, would help us eliminate or address the opioid crisis,” Andersen said. “We need it as a medicine.” None of the Democratic candidates were keen […]

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