Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis Up for Public Vote Next Month in Kansas’ Largest City
If approved into law, the proposal – which will be voted on April 7th – would decriminalize the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 ticket. Advocates of the initiative submitted enough signatures on January 7th to put the measure before the City Council, which voted 6 to 1 to put it to a vote of the people on April 7th.
Under current Wichita law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can result in a misdemeanor, a $2,500 fine and a prison sentence of up to a year.
In addition to being the largest city in Kansas, Wichita is the 49th largest city in the United States with a population of 382,368 (U.S. Census Bureau).