Wichita, Kansas Decriminalizes Cannabis

Voters in jointWichita, the largest city in Kansas, have approved an initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

The initiative was approved with 54% in favor, 46% opposed, roughly the same percentage that approved legalization initiatives in 2012 in Colorado and Washington State.

The initiative decriminalizes 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 Wichita law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor with a potential year-long jail sentence.

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Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis Up for Public Vote Next Month in Kansas’ Largest City

An initiativejoint to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis will be voted on next month in Wichita, 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.

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