Kansas woman wants lawmakers to focus on legalizing medical marijuana not marijuana penalties

LENEXA, Kan. - As more states legalize marijuana use, marijuana laws in Kansas are being challenged.

Wichita residents will vote on April 7 about making marijuana possession a $25 fine instead of a felony . The Kansas Attorney General is promising to sue Wichita if the measure passes and is adopted as a city ordinance in Wichita..

Kansas State Representative John Rubin has a bill pending in the House that would lessen the penalty of first and second offense marijuana possession. It would no longer be a felony conviction which eliminates possible prison time.

"Right now we're at 101 percent capacity in the Kansas prison system, and I'm chairman of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, and I don't want those beds occupied by people with simple marijuana possession. We need those beds for dangerous felons," said Rubin.

Christine Bay, a Lenexa, Kan., woman, wants lawmakers to...

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