Kansas’ House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice has given unanimous approval to House Bill 2049, a proposal to reduce penalties for the personal possession of cannabis.
Under House Bill 2049, the first time possession of a personal amount of cannabis will be reduced from a Class A misdemeanor, to a Class B misdemeanor, which will reduce he potential sentence from a year, to six months. The penalty for someone;s second cannabis possession offense would be reduced from a felony, to a misdemeanor. Penalties for cannabis distribution and cultivation will remain the same.
Under current Kansas law, the possession of any amount of cannabis is punishable by up to a year in prison, with subsequent offenses punishable by up to three and a half years in prison.
House Bill 2049 now awaits a vote in the full House of Representatives.