Thousands In Missouri Already Have Medical Marijuana Cards With Nowhere To Legally Buy It

Missouri has already approved more than 17,000 patients for its yet-to-be-launched medical marijuana program — a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois, which had fewer than 3,000 patients in the first 10 months. Licenses for Missouri’s dispensaries are expected to be awarded by January, and cannabis should be available for medical card holders by spring. At their core, Missouri and Illinois programs do the same thing: They allow doctors to certify patients to use cannabis if they have a qualifying condition. But there are significant differences in the details of each law, including who has access, how they’re getting access and how the programs can be changed in the future.

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Johnson County, KS – A group of Johnson County voters who favor increased education funding in Kansas is throwing its support behind Democrat Kathleen Sebelius. But Republican Tim Shallenburger says, when it comes to voting records on education, Sebelius doesn't make the grade. Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has this report.

At Johnson County Community College, a six-week class on the history of the broadway musical combines lecture, videos, and recordings to show how musical theatre has provided a soundtrack for America.

Candidates Take Shape In Debate

Sep 17, 2002

WICHITA – The two major-party candidates for governor in Kansas have started sharpening their attacks on one another. Republican Tim Shallenburger and Democrat Kathleen Sebelius are now challenging each other's records on issues like taxes, education and crime.
Kansas Public Radio's Peter Hancock has been following the campaigns and files this report.

Actor Michael Sidney Fosberg is performing in a one-actor play about his own life called Incognito.

Kansas City, MO – Actor Michael Sidney Fosberg caught the acting bug at a young age; he remembers being cast to play the role of Shakespeare in a grade school production. But, after 20 years of professional acting in Los Angeles and Chicago, he's now performing in a one-actor play about his own life called Incognito, which opens the season at the Missouri Repertory Theatre.

Missouri and Kansas both continue to struggle with lagging tax revenue. The money trickling into Jefferson City and Topeka is so far off of estimates that both states are re-tooling approved budgets and cutting programs.

In Missouri, foster care is carrying a heavy load of the state's budget cuts. Foster cases handled by state-contracted agencies are being shifted back to state control, sometimes tripling the case load of social workers.

A New Longview

Sep 11, 2002

Lee's Summit – Longview Farm was built for Kansas City lumber baron R.A. Long before World War I. Developer David Gale would preserve some of the old buildings as part of his planned commercial-residential community development. Preservationists say it's probably now or never. But will the development look wonderful now, but cause a traffic problem later?

Grandparents As Parents

Sep 11, 2002

Kansas City, MO – Kids in the US today are 30% more likely to be raised by their grandparents than they were 10 years ago. KCUR's Ashley Powell reports on the growing trend and it's effect on grandparents, grandchildren and lawmakers alike.

A Gallup poll reveals 40 percent of Americans expressed some fear of a terrorist attack, and minorities were almost three times as likely to be very worried about an attack.

But now, KCUR's Frank Morris found - from the conservative white farming area to almost exclusively minority neighborhoods - people are now largely unafraid of terrorism, though for largely different reasons.

Mayberry In Seattle?

Sep 10, 2002

KANSAS CITY – After a series in Kansas City over the weekend, time is running out on the Seattle Mariners. Not only in their hopes of winning the American League West, but of locking up a top prospect from Kansas City to a contract. KCUR's Greg Echlin explains...

Kansas City – Though Americans were being told to get back to normal after 9-11, there weren't many clues how to do that. Nearly a year later, in a Kansas City comedy club, KCUR's Steve Walker finds that it may be OK to laugh again.


Why Black Midwesterners Are Trying To Gain National Visibility

A Kansas City writer contributed to a series of essays by black midwesterners in hopes that people like her won't be written off in 2020.

On Crime Prevention & Policing, Kansas City Mayor Lucas Remains Unsatisfied

With more than 100 days on the job, Quinton Lucas addresses questions about violent crime, property tax abatement, and the way forward on a Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.