Advocates have collected enough signatures on an initiative to decriminalize cannabis in Wichita, the largest city in the State of Kansas, to qualify it for the April ballot, according to the Southcentral Kansas Peace and Justice Center.
If approved into law by city voters, the initiative would remove criminal penalties for the possession and use of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia, making it a simple $50 ticket. Under current Wichita law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can result in a jail sentence of up to a year.
Similar city-wide initiatives aimed at decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis were approved earlier this month in South Portland, Maine, and in six Michigan cities.
In addition to being the largest city in Kansas, Wichita is the 49th largest city in the United States.