Nov 072013
 November 7, 2013

fire it up kansas marijuana legalizationThe marijuana activist organization ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ is back in the headlines, announcing that they are launching a billboard campaign to push for legalizing marijuana. The first billboard is being placed near the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, and more are expected to pop up soon. Currently under Kansas law, possession of any amount of marijuana (first offense) is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Any subsequent offense is a misdemeanor or felony (up to the judge), punishable by 10-42 months in jail/prison, and a $100,000 fine.

That’s right, a possible $100,00 fine for getting caught with a dime bag two times in your life. If that isn’t reason enough to support marijuana reform in Kansas, I don’t know what is. Kansas has some of the worst marijuana laws in the nation. Getting caught with even one marijuana plant can result in 138-204 months in prison. Distribution of any amount can result in up to 51 months in prison (in addition to other charges) along with a whopping possible $300,000 fine.

The marijuana activist group ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ recently made headlines when they were denied by the adopt-a-highway program. According to it’s Facebook page, ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ is “a non profit, non-violent organization with one goal: Legalize marijuana on a state and federal level for the purpose of medicine, production, and recreation.” What are the requirements to join the Kansas adopt a highway program you might be wondering? Below is the description according to the Kansas Department of Transportation that oversees the program:

“Who can adopt a highway? Any non-profit group that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color or sex. Group members must be at least 11 years old and have adequate adult supervision.” A requirement to join the program is to not discriminate against others, however, that doesn’t apply to the State of Kansas themselves apparently. If you are in Kansas, get active!

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  • Berpestio

    Reform…reform!

  • Hardrock1a

    I have a feeling that in the very near future, when the farmers see their Colorado neighbors and other states growing fields of hemp and being well paid for it, the tune will quickly change in Kansas, we can only hope.

  • betsy

    i live in kansas and the meds my sick loved ones NEED cant get without breaking the law!!!!!! NOW THATS B.S. !!!!!!!! WAKE UP KANSAS??????

  • Jackson

    It’s going to be at minimum 10 years before anything really occurs in Kansas when it comes to the legalization of Medical Marijuana and 11-15 years when it comes to Recreational Marijuana legalization. When it comes to the reform of current laws I believe that punishments will be severely lightened within the next 2 years. Kansas is still one of the stiffest states when it comes to alcohol with many dry counties. I wouldn’t expect much to change in Kansas. Missouri on the other hand will probably be among the next few states to jump on the marijuana bandwagon.

  • Tony D-nonya Bidness

    One of the main reasons i believe it is not legal is the fact they would have to release so many “Criminals” from Jail or Prison.and possibly also have to reimburse them for the trouble The state of Kansas has caused. also this is good reading http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/prison-privatization_b_1414467.html

  • Elizabeth

    I hope we do legalize it soon.

  • Abel

    OK Kansas tell me how marijuana is so bad cause every time I use it it helps me with my back pain and my seizures so it ain’t bad its good for you