Pot petitioners unite for change

WICHITA, Kansas – A group looking to change the city’s marijuana laws is making its final push to get the issue on the November ballot.

Kansas for Change is among the groups setting up shop at 13th and Grove Sunday, collecting the last of about 6,000 signatures.

The petition asks to change Wichita law to drop all criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of pot, replacing it with a $25 fine instead.

“People are really ready for a change and reform of these outdated laws. People are tired of the criminal penalties and the criminal records that many people get, the introduction to the criminal justice system,” said Janice Bradley of the Peace and Justice Center.

The group claims to have more than twice the necessary signatures to get the issue on the ballot, but the signatures still need to be verified by the election commissioner.

The petition is expected to be submitted to the commissioner this week.

Even if verified, the petition could face court challenges.

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