KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Medical marijuana supporters in Missouri got a small victory, but now Kansas families want to be heard.
Missourians with epilepsy are now able to use a cannabis oil thanks to a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Jay Nixon.
On Sunday morning, cannabis supporters all over the bi-state region held a brief rally at Liberty Memorial to raise awareness and celebrate the victory of House Bill 2238. They then marched to Children's Mercy Hospital.
They want medical marijuana to be legalized for all patients, not just the extract, which primarily helps epilepsy patients.
They are challenging legislators in Kansas to step up.
“Once it becomes legal in Missouri, unfortunately the patients who are in Kansas just a few blocks away won't be able to access that medicine, so we would really like to see something proactive in the Kansas legislature this year,” Amber Iris Langston with Show-Me Cannabis said.
Christina Bay led the march, holding a poster of her little girl, Autumn.
"She can't be here today because it's too warm for her. If she were to come out today, we would be in the emergency room instead. She would definitely have a seizure," Bay said.
A genetic mutation causes the 2-year-old to seize for hours at a time.
Autumn's neurologist told the Kansas family that they've run out of medical options.
"It is so frustrating that there is something out there that can potentially help her and we don't have access to it because of our politicians," Bay said.
Missouri House Bill 2238 legalizes the use of low THC cannabis extracts.
Bleeding Kansas founder Lisa Sublet said the Missouri bill is a start, but there's still a lot of work ahead.
"Kansas City's a bi-state city. We have citizens from both states treated at hospitals here. The will of the people needs to be respected. We've had a bill in session for three sessions. We've said enough is enough this year. This year our patients will be heard. The bill will be heard and we'll get it passed. I'm not waiting another year ... I'm tired of burying people," Sublet said.
It's a passion that can be heard in Sublet's voice and seen in Bay's stride as they fight to give little Autumn a normal life.