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…

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