Voters in Kansas’ largest city have spoke loud and clear about their views on arresting people with small amounts of marijuana.
Earlier this week, in Wichita, a bill that reduces penalties for first-time marijuana possession offenders passed with over 9% support. Now, it is simply a criminal infraction that comes with a $50 ticket.
YES …… 20075 / 54%
NO …… 17091 / 45%
Backers of the bill were very happy with it’s passing. Esau Freeman, Wichita Marijuana Reform, made a great point when discussing the matter.
“Do something about changing these laws on the state level, whether it’s just reducing penalties, going ahead and getting a medical marijuana bill passed.
Something so that we can move forward, and actually regulate these things and not be putting people in a cage for simple possession.”
As expected, Kansas’ Attorney General, Derek Schmidt is not pleased with the passing of the law. Schmidt has repeatedly said he would sue the city if the initiative got passed.
If you’re keeping track, that would be two marijuana related lawsuits the AG is currently fighting.