Kansas To Lessen Marijuana Penalties

The President of the pro-marijuana group Kansas for Change, Esau Freeman, is leading the petition being filed in Wichita to reduce marijuana penalties.  The petition is said to have more than enough signatures to put an initiative on the city election ballot on April 7, 2015.  

On January 6th, the the group will be making public presentations at a state legislative forum and City Council meeting.  Freeman stated, “If approved, it would send a message to elected officials that Kansans want more-relaxed marijuana laws.”  The bill will be called the Marijuana Reform Initiative.  If passed, instead of a misdemeanor charge, a $2,500 fine and a year in jail, first-offense marijuana possession will result in a $50 fine and citation or summons.  This will apply to offenders 21 years or older found in possession of 32 grams or less, including paraphernalia.

Another bright side to the bill will be having the conviction expunged from the record of the offender if they stay out of trouble for one year.