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Wichita gives initial OK to some lower marijuana penalties


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita City Council on Tuesday unanimously gave initial approval to an ordinance that would reduce penalties for some first-time marijuana offenses.

Among other things, the ordinance approved Tuesday would require a $50 fine for most first-time offenders, who would not have to undergo drug-related counseling if they are over 21. A second marijuana conviction would bring a fine not to exceed $2,500 and one year in jail. Police would give most offenders a notice to appear in court, rather than arrest them, The Wichita Eagle ( ) reported.

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