Effort to lower marijuana penalties gets 2nd try

Marijuana (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A group of Wichita residents who want to reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana will try a second petition drive.

The first effort to get the issue on the November ballot fell less than 40 signatures short of the number required.

Esau Freeman, president of Kansans for Change, says supporters will start collecting signatures again Oct. 1, with a goal of getting the issue on the April ballot.

The effort would reduce the fines for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The first effort sought to reduce the penalty for possessing marijuana from the current maximum of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine to a $25 fine with no jail time.

The exact language of the second initiative is still being considered.

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