Advocates for decriminalization turn in petitions

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Advocates of reducing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Wichita turned in petitions to the city seeking to have the question put on the November ballot.

Petition organizers say they collected more than 5,800 signatures, more than twice the number needed to put the issue to a vote.

The proponents want to reduce the penalty for possession from the current maximum of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine to a $25 fine with no jail time. They also want to change possession of pot or paraphernalia from a criminal misdemeanor to a minor civil offense like a building code violation.

The Wichita Eagle reports  city officials have some questions about the measure’s wording but don’t currently plan to try and block it.

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