Activists have collected more than enough signatures on an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to put it to a vote of the people in the April, 2015 election in Wichita, Kansas, according to the group Kansas for Change. The group plans to submit the signatures to city officials on January 7th.
If approved into law, the initiative would make the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis a criminal infraction of $50, rather than a misdemeanor which carries with it the potential of up to a year in prison.
Kansas for Change attempting to put a similar initiative to a vote in last November’s election, though they fell less than 50 signatures short. This time, however, the group focused heavily on gathering signatures from registered Wichita voters; in total they plan to submit over 4,000 signatures, with 2,928 being required to put the initiative to a vote.
Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, and is the 49th largest city in the United States.