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Article by Wichita Criminal Defense Attorney Keith Edwards Wichita decriminalized possession of marijuana last week, but you can still be arrested and charged under state and/or federal laws. What exactly was the change? On September 13, 2022, the Wichita City Council voted 5-2 to decriminalize marijuana possession. Specifically, the Council repealed Section 5.26.010 of the…

Goodwin calls MO Amendment 3 “Truly Unique” among state cannabis laws Missouri voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their constitution that would make recreational marijuana use legal for Missouri adults (21+). If Amendment 3 passes, Missouri would be the 20th state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational use….

In February, Senator David Haley introduced a medical marijuana bill in the Kansas Senate. Senate Bill 155, the cannabis compassion and care act, would create a distinction in Kansas state law between medical and non-medical marijuana. If this bill became law, Kansas would join 28 other states that have some form of medical marijuana law….

In many states, today’s election might be just as much about marijuana as it is about the next president. Eight states have some sort of marijuana initiative on the ballot. Voters in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota are deciding whether to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Voters in California, Nevada, Maine, Arizona,…

By reducing offense classifications for simple possession offenses, the Kansas Legislature recently reduced the penalties for certain marijuana crimes. Under prior law, a first offense for simple possession of marijuana (possession with no intent to distribute) was classified as a class A misdemeanor; it carried a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a…

Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, a new dialogue has begun across the country concerning the drug still recognized as an illegal substance in Kansas. Many have adopted a nonchalant attitude about marijuana, thinking that if it’s legal in some states it must be no big deal. But phrases like “it’s only…