Kansas Marijuana Possession Laws

Kansas Marijuana Possession LawsKansas Marijuana Possession Laws:

 

Up to 450 grams:

Penalty: Misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.

 

450 grams or more (automatically considered for distribution purposes):

Penalty: Felony punishable by 10 to 42 months incarceration and/or a maximize fine of $100,000.

 

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Kansas Legislature Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession

Kansas-FlagThe Kansas House of Representatives on Friday gave approval to legislation that would reduce penalties for the possession of cannabis. The measure has already been passed by the state’s Senate with a unanimous 38 to 0 vote, meaning it will now go to Governor Sam Brownback for consideration; the vote in the House was 96 to 23.

Under the proposed law, the first-time possession of cannabis would be reduced to a minor misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail, down from a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. Second offenses will be reduced from a felony punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison, to a misdemeanor punishable by a jail term of up to a year. All subsequent offenses would remain felonies.

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Kansas Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Possessing Up to 450 Grams of Cannabis

cannabudKansas’ full Senate has given approval to legislation that would reduce the penalties for the possession of up to 450 grams of cannabis. The vote was an overwhelming 38 to 1.

If passed into law, House Bill 2049 would reduce the penalty associated with someone’s first cannabis possession offense (as long as it’s under 450 grams) to a class B misdemeanor, down from a class A misdemeanor. This reduces the maximum potential jail sentence to six months, down from the possibility of a full year.

House Bill 2049 would also defelonize second cannabis possession offenses, reducing them to a class A misdemeanor, bringing the maximum sentence to a year, down from three and a half years as it currently stands.

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Kansas Senate Committee Votes to Lower Cannabis Penalties, Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil

kansasKansas’ Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee has given approval today to two cannabis-related bills. One of the proposals would legalize the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oil for medical use, and the other would lower the penalties associated with someone’s first and second cannabis possession offense.

The proposal reduces the charge for first-time cannabis possession to a class B misdemeanor, down from a class A misdemeanor. This reduces the maximum sentence to 6 months, rather than a full year. A person’s second cannabis possession offense would be reduced to a class A misdemeanor, whereas it’s currently a felony.

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Kansas House Approves Bill to Reduce Cannabis Penalties, Legalize Medical Cannabis Extracts, Study Hemp

Kansas-FlagThe Kansas House of Representatives has passed an amended version of House Bill 2049, a proposal that initially would have simply reduce the penalties associated with cannabis possession, but was altered to make several other changes.

The bill, which now moves towards a full Senate vote, would reduce the penalty for the first-time possession of cannabis for personal use from a Class A misdemeanor, to a Class B misdemeanor, reducing the potential jail sentence from a year to six months. This would also reduce the fine from $2,500, to $1,000. The proposal would also reduce the charge for someone’s second offense from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis On Tomorrow’s Ballot in Wichita, Kansas

An initiativepurple to remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis will be up for a public vote tomorrow, April 7th in Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.

If approved into law, the initiative would decriminalize the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 civil infraction with no possibility of jail time.

Under current Kansas law the possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor that carries with it a potential year-long jail sentence.

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Kansas House Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Use of Cannabis Extracts

Kansas’ Kansas-FlagHouse Bill 2282 has been passed by the House Committee on Health and Human Services, setting it up for a full House vote.

House Bill 2282 would legalize the possession and use of low-THC cannabis extracts (such as tinctures, oils and lotions) for those who have seizure disorders and receive a recommendation from a physician. The cannabis extracts would be required to have no more than 3% THC, making CBD (cannabidiol) oil the most likely option for patients.

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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.

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