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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  1. Why we are glad this committee passed this bill on to the full Kansas House so quickly, this just makes us that much angrier at the Public Health and Welfare Committee that has kept Kansas patients suffering and dying since 2009 by consistently killing our bill.

    Public Health and Welfare Committee-
    Garrett.Love@senate.ks.gov
    Elaine.Bowers@senate.ks.gov
    Mitch.Holmes@senate.ks.gov
    Jacob.LaTurner@senate.ks.gov
    Jim.Denning@senate.ks.gov
    Michael.ODonnell@senate.ks.gov
    Tell the committee to turn SB9 over to the arena of the people, where every Kansan voice can be represented. 70% of Kansans support medical cannabis. They are our elected voice and they have a duty to speak our will. #kansascannabis #kansasneedscannabis #HopeHasNoZipCode

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