Marijuana penalties

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A second attempt to reduce marijuana penalties in Wichita has begun.

The Marijuana Reform Initiative held a meeting Sunday to begin a new petition drive to get the issue on the April ballot. The first effort came up a few dozen names short of the number needed to present the issue to voters in November.

Under the new petition, anyone 21 and older who possesses 32 grams of marijuana or less would be fined $50 for a first infraction.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ptzDgq ) petitioners need to gather a little more the 2,800 signatures by Feb. 19 to make the April ballot. If the effort is successful, the city council would need to officially change the city’s ordinance.

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