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May 7, 2021Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas House approves medical marijuana; Senate won't follow

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - 
A bill to legalize medical marijuana has passed in the Kansas House for the first time, but the Senate isn't expected to consider it in the final days of the annual session.

Kansas House members on Thursday voted 79-42 to advance the measure to the Senate for consideration.

Although some legalization advocates were hopeful that strong support for the bill among Republicans in the House would spur Senate leaders to debate it this session.

Senate President Ty Masterson's spokesperson, Mike Pirner, told The Associated Press that a budget bill and school funding legislation have taken priority this week.