Kansas Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Possessing Up to 450 Grams of Cannabis

cannabudKansas’ full Senate has given approval to legislation that would reduce the penalties for the possession of up to 450 grams of cannabis. The vote was an overwhelming 38 to 1.

If passed into law, House Bill 2049 would reduce the penalty associated with someone’s first cannabis possession offense (as long as it’s under 450 grams) to a class B misdemeanor, down from a class A misdemeanor. This reduces the maximum potential jail sentence to six months, down from the possibility of a full year.

House Bill 2049 would also defelonize second cannabis possession offenses, reducing them to a class A misdemeanor, bringing the maximum sentence to a year, down from three and a half years as it currently stands.

The proposal has already passed the full House of Representatives with an 81 to 36 vote, meaning it will soon be sent to Governor Sam Brownback for consideration.

2 thoughts on “Kansas Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Possessing Up to 450 Grams of Cannabis”

  1. My bet is Sammy won’t sign because of his narrow minded views on every thing It always amazes me that the party that claims that the individual should not be fettered by government regulation is the one that imposes the greatest amount of regulation on the individual.

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