Legalization | 08.23.2022

Road To Legalization: Is Weed Legal in Kansas?

Follow the green-brick road.

Weed laws in the United States can be confusing. For one thing, it’s illegal at a federal level, but states can choose to legalize it if they wish.

From a Canadian’s perspective, I wouldn’t be able to keep up.

But for Americans who have no choice but to keep up with the country’s varying weed laws, you’re in luck. This time around, we’re discussing weed’s legal landscape in the state of Kansas.

You might think that cannabis being illegal in Kansas is quite obvious and common knowledge, but there’s a glimmer of hope that laws might change sooner than later. Read on to learn more about cannabis legality in Kansas.

Is Weed Legal In Kansas?

As mentioned, the short answer to this question is no. But we’re thrilled to say that the state is headed in the right direction.

Weed is not currently legal in the state of Kansas. However, the government made a monumental move a few years ago in favor of cannabis and its consumers.

As of July 1, 2019, possession of small amounts of cannabis has been decriminalized in the state of Kansas.

The law stipulates that possession of up to 32 grams (just over an ounce) of weed is now a non-criminal violation punishable by a fine of $50-$100.

So, while you won’t go to jail for possessing an ounce of weed, you can still be fined.

Similarly, the sale or distribution of any amount of cannabis remains a criminal offense. So while you can possess weed in Kansas, you still can’t buy or sell it.

The Future Of Cannabis In Kansas

Although cannabis use isn’t encouraged in Kansas, things are headed in the right direction.

The state’s weed laws could very well change, as there is a bill pending in the state legislature that would legalize medical marijuana.

There are currently 37 states that have legalized medical marijuana, so it’s clear that the United States is slowly leaning in favor of the plant’s medicinal benefits and therapeutic properties.

If the bill passes, it would make Kansas the 38th state to legalize medical marijuana. As of now, cannabis is only legal in Kansas in the form of THC-free cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD.

So, Kansas isn’t entirely anti-weed, nor does it criminally punish those who possess under an ounce of recreational cannabis.

So, while the current answer to the question is no, it may soon change to yes.

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