Late last week Oklahoma and Nebraska filed suit in the U.S. Supreme Court to halt Colorado's implementation of Amendment 64. Basically, both states say they are tired of dealing with marijuana that crosses the border.
In the suit, they claim that Colorado cannabis ties up law enforcement agencies and is wreaking havoc on police and state trooper budgets. And now it seems another neighbor to the east is mulling jumping on the bandwagon.
That Kansas would consider suing Colorado shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the increasing number of Colorado drivers pulled over as they enter Kansas. A 2013 report showed that 79 of the 133 felony pot trafficking cases in Kansas stem from Colorado weed. Herb grown in California accounted for about 35 percent.
Not all lawmakers in Kansas would welcome the suit, though. In September, state Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Tea Party conservative, called the current federal policy against cannabis a failure and said that Colorado was right to push the issue. "We've had a federal policy in this country since the Nixon administration that doesn't seem to be working," he explained.
"We've spent over a trillion dollars on it. With that said ... we do have states that have started to work with different policies as it relates to legalization, and I think it would be prudent for us to take a step back, watch what happens in these states before we determine how we want to change federal policy."
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No matter what AG Schmidt decides, Kansas is definitely a state to avoid if you're carrying cannabis on you. Any amount on a first offense can get you a full year in jail and $2,500 in fines -- and judges love exercising their right to throw you in the slammer, according to Kansas-based attorney Cal Williams. "There's a range from 25 grams to 450 grams, and even for someone with no record, a conviction could carry 46 to 51 months in a penitentiary," he tells Westword.
Even possession of paraphernalia can (and will) net you up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines.
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TKC had this on the 22nd...(guess I missed it)
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