Kansas Marijuana Laws
Originally Published by Kannabis.blog: October 23, 2019
Neighbors in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Missouri all have access to marijuana but Kansas laws are stuck in the 1920s.
As surrounding states enact more progressive views of cannabis, Kansas lags behind in loosening restrictions on the plant that they still consider a controlled substance. Kansas does not allow the recreational or medical use of marijuana. In the eyes of Kansas law, weed is still classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, right there with meth and heroin.
Here is a look at current cannabis laws in Kansas:
Possession, distribution, growing, and cultivating marijuana is all illegal in the Sunflower State. Penalties are only slightly less strict than being caught with cocaine and other drugs. First time offenders can face one year in jail and a $2,500.00 fine. Second offense penalties range from 10 months to 42 months in jail and a fine up to $100,000.00.
Penalties for the sale or distribution of marijuana in Kansas can get you 10 months to 17 years in prison as well as a $500,000.00 fine. The justice system will assume that you intended to sell it if you are caught with at least 450 grams. You’ll be in even bigger trouble if you’re caught within 1,000 feet of school property.
Growing Mary Jane in Kansas is illegal. Depending on the number of plants and your criminal record, you could face 4 years to 17 years in prison.
Laws are changing across the nation, even in places that lean as conservative as Kansas does. Hope is on the horizon now that Laura Kelly occupies the Governor’s office. Governor Kelly is supportive of legalizing medical marijuana but the legislation has to get approved by the Republican dominated legislature. Kansans deserve access to medical marijuana for a variety of reasons. Chief among these is the fact that an all natural herb is a much better alternative than dangerous and addictive opioids.
According to a 2018 Fox News poll 62% of Kansas voters believe that marijuana should be legal nationwide. A Fort Hays State University poll found that 52% of Kansans support legalizing recreational pot.