At 4:20PM today, the group Kansas for Change submitted over twice the required amount of signatures needed to put their cannabis decriminalization initiative to a vote of the people this November. The group was required to collect 3,000 signatures from registered Wichita voters. The city now has 6 days to verify the signatures.
Here’s the full text of the petition:
BE IT ORDAINED that in Wichita, Kansas, the municipal code shall be amended to remove all criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of cannabis/marijuana for adult personal or medical use and possession of paraphernalia; and that a maximum civil fine of $25.00 shall be implemented for possession of cannabis/marijuana and possession of paraphernalia for adults
Under current Kansas law, the possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor with a potential year-long prison sentence. Subsequent charges are a mandatory 10 months, with the potential sentence of up to 3.5 years.
Wichita is the largest city in Kansas, and the 49th largest city in the United States.