While marijuana remains illegal in other major cities like Kansas City, Kansas, neighboring states like Missouri have already legalized medical marijuana. A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri will also appear on the November ballot. As Missouri prepares to legalize recreational marijuana, authorities in neighboring Kansas are reminding people that cannabis is still illegal in the state. In the event of legalization, the coalition called for cannabis never to be allowed in prisons, saying it could be distributed to incarcerated people who are not allowed to consume it. The issue of legalizing medical marijuana has been a topic of debate between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and her Republican opponent Derek Schmidt. “I think Missouri is a better place today based on the fact that we legalized recreational marijuana,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said. Regardless, employers still have the final say on whether their employees can use marijuana. The new change does not prevent employers from enforcing their drug- and alcohol-free workplace policies. “It`s up to us to talk. Everyone in this room needs to talk,” Ramos said. “We haven`t had any discussions about this as a governing body.

We have a new city manager, and I don`t know his opinion on that, but I think these are conversations we`re going to have,” Spencer Duncan, deputy mayor of Topeka and city council member, told the Kansas Capitol Bureau. She also mentioned her four grandchildren, who live in Delaware and use cannabis tinctures to manage autism. Ramos said everyone needs to show lawmakers the importance of legislation. “I`ve said many times that we`re not going to do this like Colorado,” Kelly said. “There really was a shop on every corner. It will be a well-regulated industry. The Select Committee on Medical Marijuana will meet on October 12 and 19 to discuss the details of the legislation and hear testimony. Law enforcement, state agencies and local governments are expected to speak in the first session, while public testimony will take place on Oct.

19. The state capital, Topeka, could consider similar changes. Meanwhile, some major cities in the state have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana. Medical marijuana has long been a controversial topic in Kansas, with many defending the drug as a less addictive painkiller substitute than opioids. Ahead of the 2023 legislature, the committee is trying to address issues with legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Kelly said she would regulate the industry more intensively than in Colorado. Todd Scattini, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, says legalization will help veterans. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector) “I think it will reduce significant harm, especially for minority communities who have been disproportionately arrested for years,” Lucas said.

“I think it`s good.” Morrison, a former Johnson County prosecutor, said the public would be surprised at how much time law enforcement spends on small marijuana cases. During the 2016 session, the Kansas legislature signed HB 2462 into law, which went into effect on July 1, 2016. It halved the sentences for first possession of cannabis, from one year to six months. A second offence was reduced from a felony to an offence punishable by a maximum of one year. A lengthy bill, SB 112, which included a slight reduction in penalties, was passed during the 2017 session and came into force on May 18, 2017. It reduced the maximum penalty for possession of cannabis accessories (such as grow lights) used to grow five plants or less than one year in jail and/or a fine of $2,500 to six months` imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000. This change did not affect the penalty for growing cannabis, which is a separate crime. Given that polls show that 63% of Kansas support the decriminalization of cannabis and the imposition of a civil fine, there is huge support for one more step — the complete elimination of criminal penalties. If you agree, ask your legislator to lift the criminal penalties for possession of cannabis. “We don`t want to arrest people for this,” Donchez said.

“I want to reassure everyone that this is not our goal. We have always focused on the safety and security of people. While paralyzed for three months, Ramos used raw cannabis in the form of juice to make ends meet. During an Oct. 5 gubernatorial debate in Overland Park, Gov. Laura Kelly said she supports the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. Kelly first wants to prioritize the legalization of medical marijuana, believing that Kansas does not yet have the structure for recreational use. The Kansas Capitol office also contacted United Government board members in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, to discuss the possibility of taking steps to decriminalize marijuana, but received no response.

Missouri is now one of 21 states, along with Washington DC, to legalize marijuana in the United States. The president of AFGE Local 910 also told FOX4 that this has no impact on federal employees because there is still a federal ban on the drug. On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, elections will be held for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the 125 state representatives. A full list of available polling stations for the election can be found here. If you haven`t already, you can register to vote here. You can let your legislators know that you support medical cannabis, decriminalization, or ending prohibition. Let your senator and state representative know that you support a compassionate medical cannabis program for Kansans! Beard said the union, which works with several other organizations, is building a series of discussions about marijuana legalization across the state. “It`s okay to use and see other cities for lack of a better word than guinea pigs. Did your program work, and where it didn`t, then take the things that work from those ideas,” he said. I think in a year, we`ll have a lot more data at the state level and communities like Wichita to see what might work in Topeka.

An ACLU report found that in 2018, blacks were 4.8 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than whites in Kansas, even though both races use cannabis at roughly the same rate. In fact, Kansas ranks 12th. Place in the country for the greatest racial disparities in arrests of cannabis possession. While legalization does not eliminate inequality, it significantly reduces the total number of cannabis-related arrests – and thus the damage caused by uneven law enforcement. Encouragingly, five of the seven states with the smallest differences had already passed legalization laws. Ask your legislator to end cannabis prohibition! A spokesman for the Clay County Sheriff`s Office said the agency is still reviewing the details of recreational marijuana, but said a current K9 marijuana sniffer is expected to retire. For now, Duncan said cities could take inspiration from Wichita`s decision when deciding next steps. In Kansas, Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez responded to concerns from officers who were waiting to arrest people for cannabis as soon as they crossed the state border. “It`s really uneven at the national level,” defender Paul Morrison said. Some places treat it as a traffic violation, basically decriminalized. Some places have been completely decriminalized for possession of small amounts, and in other places it`s still illegal, like Kansas. Ramos said she supports legalizing marijuana for cases of extreme pain.

She attended a legislative committee hearing Wednesday on the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes to defend veterans, chronic pain sufferers and others who had to take cannabis-based medications.