TOPEKA, Kansas -- People from across the state are rallying Tuesday in Topeka to push for the legalization of medical marijuana.
About 25 people covered the sidewalks in front of the docking building with signs held high.
They showed support for medical marijuana by telling personal stories of how the drug could help with chronic pain, cancer and other diseases.
Shortly after the rally, Wichita Representative Gail Finney introduced house bill 2330 to the Health and Human Services Committee.
She says the committee has never considered it in the past and hopes for a different outcome this year.
Others we talked to had different views.
"I feel like our legislators owe it to the people of Kansas to look into this and to give us safer access to medicine and not keep making us go through drug companies and people who may not have our best interest at heart," said Esaw Freeman, supports medical marijuana.
"I'm hoping that the committee will learn more and not take an issue with the federal government at this point. It could create a lot more problems for the state than I think we're willing or able to handle right now," said Michelle Voth, against medical marijuana.
Those against the use of medical marijuana say legalization will increase the amount of abusers and make it easier for children to access.
One person who testified at the hearing told legislators studies show marijuana leads to psychosis and schizophrenia.