The prospects for legalized medical marijuana in Kansas are appearing increasingly dim, despite a House committee advancing a compromise proposal out of committee on Tuesday.

The bill would be somewhat more restrictive than a proposal considered in May in an attempt to win over the support of more conservative lawmakers, who want increased guardrails on a potential cannabis program.

But House and Senate leaders acknowledged it would be difficult for the bill to get across the finish line. Lawmakers are in the final days of the 2021 session, meaning marijuana advocates might be waiting until next year for their hopes to come to fruition.

“For that to happen this year, it would be pretty tough,” said House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita.

Senate President Ty Masterson, R-Andover, concurred, telling reporters that…



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