Wichita gives initial OK to some lower marijuana penalties
June 7, 2017
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 (http://bit.ly/2r2MuNz ) reported.