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Lawmakers ignoring public opinion on marijuana

Bills to allow medical marijuana continue to go nowhere at the Statehouse. And Attorney General Derek Schmidt and other law-enforcement officials issued a formal warning last week not to bring pot into Kansas from Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal. But the official resistance contrasts sharply with the interest among Kansans that shows up in surveys: 64 percent of the Kansas voters in the recent Public Policy Polling survey said marijuana should be legal for medicinal use, as did 50 percent of Republicans; 42 percent of voters support making it legal for recreational use. A 2013 SurveyUSA poll of Kansas found 70 percent support for legalizing medical pot, which also was endorsed by more than two-thirds of the Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature.