Lawrence lowers fines for marijuana possession to $1


State News

March 20, 2019 - 10:29 AM

LAWRENCE — Lawrence city leaders are moving forward with changes that would decrease the city’s fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana to $1.

As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted 4-1 to amend the city ordinance that lays out the penalties for first and second convictions for marijuana possession. The changes apply to people 18 and over who are convicted of possessing 32 grams or less of marijuana.

Commissioner Matthew Herbert said he thought the commission’s vote sent a message to state lawmakers, especially given that some states surrounding Kansas have legalized marijuana in some capacity. He said he thought it was the commission’s role to legislate change locally that it wants to see statewide.

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