11:21 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Mulling Over Lawsuit Against Colorado's Legal Pot

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Kansas hasn't decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Rapp said Friday that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been considering legal action against Colorado for months.

However, Rapp says Schmidt's office is still weighing its options.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. They argue it's a public safety issue.

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11:44 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Advocates Start A Second Petition Drive To Reduce Punishment For Marijuana Possession

A group of Wichita residents is trying a second petition drive this October. They want to reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana and to get the issue on April election ballot.

The first petition to get the issue on the ballot for this fall's elections was 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.

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Crime and Courts
9:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kansas Group Uses Billboard To Campaign for Legal Marijuana

A Kansas group is planning to use a billboard campaign to push for legalizing marijuana in the state.

Fire It Up Kansas says the ad on a digital billboard near the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane is the first it plans to put up across the state in coming weeks.

The ad asks the Legislature to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of marijuana.

The group's co-founder, Mike Golden, says marijuana is now in a black market with no regulation. He says putting it in a legal market takes away the criminal element.

Crime and Courts
6:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Court: Legally Obtained Pot Still Illegal In Kansas

People who possess legally obtained marijuana in Kansas can still be prosecuted in the state.
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The Kansas Court of Appeals says marijuana obtained legally in another state is still illegal in Kansas.

The ruling comes in the case of a Colorado man who was stopped in Kansas with medical marijuana he was legally prescribed in his home state. A Kansas judge acquitted the man of a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing marijuana. The state appealed the acquittal.

That lead to Friday's ruling that Kansas has the right to enforce its own drug laws even when marijuana was obtained legally elsewhere.

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5:17 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Morning News 3.18.13

House and Senate have different sales tax proposals; Woman walking 60 miles to draw attention to school funding issues; Legally obtained pot still illegal in Kansas.

Kan. House, Senate Differ On Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes. The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.


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5:39 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Top Morning News 01.17.13

Kansas being hit hard by flu virus; Senate passes controversial 'pay-go' budget; Medical marijuana bill introduced into Kansas Senate. 

Kansas Among Hardest Hit By Flu Virus

Kansas is among 10 states that are currently being hit hardest with the flu virus.


Senate Passes So-Called 'Pay-Go' Budget Rule

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