TOPEKA, Kan. — After seeing medical marijuana legislation hit a brick wall in both chambers of the Kansas Legislature, Democratic Sen. David Haley decided to take matters into his own hands and force the debate that other lawmakers weren’t willing to have.

Too bad the other side didn’t bother to show up.

While medical marijuana supporters extended an olive branch to opponents of cannabis reform, no opponents showed up Friday while a crowd rallied behind Haley’s SB 9, and its counterpart HB 2198, under the Capitol dome.