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Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies For Ballot In Wichita, Kansas

wichita kansas marijuanaMarijuana reform is sweeping across the country, especially when it comes to marijuana decriminalization. More and more local elections are seeing marijuana decriminalization on the ballot. A prime example of that would be Wichita, Kansas, which is likely not the first place you would think of for marijuana reform. Per The Joint Blog:

An initiative to decriminalize cannabis in Wichita, the largest city in the State of Kansas, has officially qualified for the April ballot, according to the Southcentral Kansas Peace and Justice Center.

If approved into law by city voters, the initiative would remove criminal penalties for the possession and use of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia, making it a simple $50 ticket. Under current Wichita law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can result in a jail sentence of up to a year.

Wichita, Kansas is a very large city, right in the heart of the American Mid-West. If marijuana reform can succeed there, it can succeed anywhere. I’m hopeful for a victory in Wichita, which will hopefully lead to a statewide legalize initiative victory in the near future.

  • Green Thumb

    One City – County – State ….. Take em’ down one at a time!

    • …agreed! I’ve always been told “a closed mouth never gets fed!” Thank God I have a big one :)
      Peace and Lots Of Laughter
      Pottles

  • Pottles is so excited about Wichita KS ballot in April. Since we reside here, it’ll be nice not having to “sneak around” to consume and purchase a God given plant.
    Peace and One Love
    #Pottles

  • Stel-1776

    When making cannabis policy decisions, it would be irresponsible to ignore the great costs and many harms of cannabis prohibition.

    For this prohibition to be justified it needs to be established that:

    1) Cannabis is significantly harmful (at least more than alcohol)
    2) The prohibition will significantly reduce problematic usage
    3) The direct and indirect costs of prohibition to an American society are less than any gains from 1 and 2 (don’t underestimate the value we place on freedom and liberty)

    None of these 3 requirements have ever been established. After decades of research, the relative safety and medical efficacy of cannabis have been established well enough to conclude that it is significantly less harmful and more useful than alcohol. The vast majority of preventable harms related to cannabis are caused by the very laws that are supposed to “protect us” from it. Some of these harms are:

    •Increased deaths of countless people involved on all sides of the “war”, including law enforcement and bystanders
    •The spending of 100’s of billions of our dollars seeking out, arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating otherwise law-abiding citizens
    •The loss of billions in tax revenue from production, distribution, and sales, which can be used for all substance abuse treatment
    •The redirection of valuable police time and resources from solving and preventing true crime
    •The filling of our jails with non-violent offenders, exposing them to true criminals and forcing the early release of dangerous criminals
    •The empowerment and expansion of underground markets as a very popular substance is placed within them
    •Increased crime as dealers and buyers have no legal recourse to resolve disputes
    •Increased exposure to hard drugs as many cannabis consumers buy from suppliers who have access to them, even push them
    •All sales, over 20 million pounds per year, are unregulated and placed in the hands of criminals who never check ID
    •Increased likelihood of contamination with anything from pesticides and molds to other drugs.
    •The prevention of some adults from choosing a recreational substance less harmful than alcohol
    •Increased corruption within the legal system
    •The invasion of our civil liberties, which in America we hold in especially high regard
    •The prevention of people from receiving effective medicine
    •The prevention of people from receiving decent employment, scholarship money, and student aid due to their “criminal” record, which affects not just them but their family as well
    •Increased support of tremendous multinational criminal networks
    •Increased public mistrust, disrespect, and disdain for our legal system, police, and government, which is devastating to our country

    Considering these great costs, it is unreasonable to continue this policy against a substance objectively less harmful than alcohol. Why are we forcing police to deal with something that is, if anything, a minor public health issue? Why are we criminalizing people for something that has been safely enjoyed by millions of Americans for decades, something that a majority of Americans believe should be legalized recreationally?

    Cannabis prohibition is a travesty of justice based on irrational fears and paranoia from an archaic era that needs to end now. Cannabis must be legalized and regulated similar to alcohol. Prohibition policies do not work for popular things that are safely enjoyed by many…especially not in a country that values liberty, justice, and freedom. A vote for cannabis legalization does not condone its use, it condemns a costly prohibition that causes more harm than it prevents.

    Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” -Abraham Lincoln

    Urge your legislators to implement a cannabis policy similar to that of alcohol. Please consider what the following cannabis legalization organizations have to say. Help end this harmful, unjust, unfounded, un-American prohibition by joining their mailing lists, signing their petitions and writing your legislators when they call for it.

    MPP – The Marijuana Policy Projecthttp://www.mpp.org/
    DPA – Drug Policy Alliancehttp://www.drugpolicy.org/
    NORML – National Organization to Reform Marijuana Lawshttp://norml.org/
    LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibitionhttp://www.leap.cc/

    • CR Liberty

      Amen! I couldn’t have said it better myself! Let these self righteous back slapping politicians know the majority of us are ready for an end to the insanity, waste and ruin that is Marijuana Prohibition. We’re not interested in further wondering in the prohibition wilderness watching the States that have offered up that freedom through referendum. My Senator, newly reelected Lamar Alexander, says the Federal Government should let the States decide; that is a cop out for sure! We need Federal Legislation to bring liberty to every marijuana enthusiast in the country. We should not allow citizens living in states controlled by ideologues to continue to be arrested and hazed for simple possession. We should not let the taxes go uncollected and not let the viscous black market thrive another day. From Law Enforcement to our judicial system our Government is totally addicted to Marijuana Prohibition. The time has come to ween them off the madness. Vote these fools out of office!

  • Stel-1776

    Little is more destructive to a nation than a war on its own people.

  • Marshal Avila

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I am from Arizona, and I have lived in Kansas for 12 years. And they are the most closed minded people I have ever seen in all of the United States I have been to, and I have been to most. These people won’t open a casino, and JUST recently loosened up on liquor laws.

    • Brion Eduardo

      Wichita is an urban county, and a casino opened a while back in nearby Mulvane.