WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to put an ordinance for reducing the penalties for possession of marijuana to a public vote.
Earlier this month, a group called Marijuana Reform ICT, turned in thousands of petitions with the Wichita City Clerk. Those signatures were verified by the Sedgwick County Election’s Office and Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman.
The question will appear on the April 7 ballot.
The proposed ordinance reduces the penalty for a first offense conviction of 32 grams or less of Cannabis Sativa or drug paraphernalia related to marijuana, by persons 21 years or older to an infraction with a fine not to exceed $50. Current city ordinances and state law, K.S.A. 21-5706 and K.S.A. 21-5709, establish that possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia are criminal offenses with a fine not to exceed $2,500 and/or imprisonment of up to twelve 12 months in the Sedgwick County Jail.