Legislation to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession Approved by Kansas House Committee

Legislation to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession Approved by Kansas House Committee

Kansas’ House cannabisohyeahCommittee 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.

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