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Seg. 1: The Health Effects of Cannabis. Seg. 2: Off-Season Sports And The NFL Draft.

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Missouri House Bill 1554 would legalize medical cannabis for a small number of patients, including adults with a terminal illness who have considered all other treatments currently approved by the FDA and all relevant clinical trials in Missouri.

Segment 1: What science does (and doesn't) know about medical marijuana.

Missouri and Kansas are edging closer to legalizing medical marijuana under limited circumstances, but what do we really know about its health effects? While state lawmakers debate possible harms or benefits of cannabis and its derivatives, we spoke with a scientist who helped write a major study about the good, bad and unknown health effects of marijuana.

  • Sean Hennessy, University of Pennsylvania professor of epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine

Segment 2, beginning at 25:30: In NFL's off-season pageant, Chiefs work on their defense.

As the NFL Draft comes to a close, we heard analysis from two local sports writers who say the Chiefs did OK, but not great. We also asked them which sports leagues they think do the best job of staying relevant and keeping fans engaged through the off-season.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.