Topeka, KS: Governor Samuel Brownback has signed legislation, House Bill 2462, into law amending marijuana possession penalties.
The new law reduces criminal penalties for first-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to one year incarceration and a $2,500 fine) to a Class B misdemeanor (punishable by no more than six months in jail and a $1,000 fine). A subsequent conviction is amended from a felony to a Class B misdemeanor.
An estimated 5,000 Kansans are arrested annually for violating marijuana possession laws.
For more information, please contact Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.