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Vote To Decriminalize Marijuana Passes In Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Voters in Wichita went to the polls on Tuesday and approved easing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The final results came in at 9:15 p.m.

Wichita Question YES …… 20075 / 54%
NO …… 17091 / 45% Precinct Reported 0153, Eligible Precinct 0153

The proposed ordinance does not legalize marijuana. It makes first-time possession a criminal infraction with a $50 fine. Under state law, it is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and a year in jail.

Voters want to send the Legislature a message.


State ramps up pressure against Wichita marijuana initiative

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some lawmakers and state officials tried on Friday to rally opposition to a Wichita ballot initiative believed to be the first in Kansas that seeks to ease penalties for first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana.

A handful of legislators were joined by top state officials at a news conference to say the city has no legal authority to adopt an ordinance that conflicts with state law — even if voters approve the ballot initiative during Tuesday's local election.

"This is an illegal petition and an illegal referendum," said state Rep. Steve Brunk, a Republican lawmaker from Wichita.


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.


OLCC signs contract to manage recreational marijuana business licenses

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission this week signed an agreement with a Kansas-based company to build the online application process for recreational marijuana business licenses.

NIC USA, Inc., will design an online application for commercial growers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. The state must begin accepting applications by January 2016.

The system will be used to apply for a new license or renew an existing one, pay license fees by credit card and pay marijuana taxes, as well as update license information.

The agency's agreement with the company has an annual subscription fee of $80,000 and no up-front costs.


Company says marijuana may have lasting impact on Kansas employers





WICHITA, Kan. -- Between the issue or marijuana reform in Wichita and legalization lawsuits in Colorado, marijuana is taking the spotlight in the Midwest. However, one company says the drug may have a big impact in Wichita.

Edward Young, with the National Screening Bureau, says the use of pot may have a lasting effect on safety and health of workers.
According to Young, studies show that those who do use drugs are five times more likely to file a workers' compensation claim. They're also more likely to steal.


Ballot issue invites look at marijuana use in Wichita

How often do people get arrested for marijuana? Who gets arrested? And are they accused of other crimes as well?

Those are some of the things we wondered as Wichitans prepare to vote April 7 on a proposal that would lessen first-time penalties for adults caught with an ounce or less of marijuana.

The future of the proposal is unclear, even if voters pass it. State officials have already said they will challenge it in court since it conflicts with state law.

But we can learn some things from what is happening with marijuana in Wichita now, based on data from the Wichita Police Department, Wichita Municipal Court and Sedgwick County District Court.


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