Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued an opinion challenging the validity of Wichita's proposed marijuana initiative. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…
The 13-page document from Schmidt says the proposed ordinance, which would lower penalties for adults in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, conflicts with state statutes. If a public vote to adopt the change were to take place on Election Day, Schmidt wrote that it would “have no legal force or effect.”
A forum was held at the Central Library to discuss the pros ands cons of decriminalizing marijuana in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter spoke at the forum and identified marijuana as a gateway drug with long-term effects on the brain, but said he agreed with the lesser penalties suggested in the initiative.
“I personally think that the idea is sound when it comes to fines and people going to jail for it for first-time offenses,” Easter said. “My only issue is, 'Is this the first step to legalization of marijuana?'”
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.