Questions Arise How Kansas Will Handle Possible Missouri Marijuana Legalization

Missouri Marijuana Legalization

Missouri Marijuana Legalization

With recreational marijuana on the ballot in Missouri come November, there’s a growing question of how Kansas will respond.

Currently, Kansas lawmakers are performing on medical cannabis legislation, but marijuana remains illegal within the state.

So the ban remains in place while neighbor Missouri prepares for the anticipated open season at spots like the From The Earth dispensary on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.

That dispensary is a smaller amount than a quarter mile away from the Kansas state line.

You would like a medical card to buy marijuana in Missouri, but if the ballot initiative passes, it will allow anyone over 21 to buy weed. So there are questions on how the state of Kansas and border cities may respond.

There is a real excitement for the recreational ballot question at From The Earth’s Independence location, and not just because it would open up sales to the public.

“Non-violent cannabis crimes are going to be expunged, and that’s going to be the first time that’s ever been voted by the American people,” Tyler Diltz, vice chairman of retail for From the Earth, said.

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Meanwhile, in Kansas, it’s the flip side. Statutorily, marijuana is against the law. If someone comes into the state and gets caught with marijuana, that person might be charged with a criminal offense.

But there are signs that cannabis laws are loosening in Kansas.

State Sen. Robert Olson, a Republican from Olathe, said that medical marijuana legislation might be introduced as soon as November saying: “If we pass medical marijuana, it’s going to be a big step. It’s visiting happen, but it has to be done right.”

But Kansas Democrats say Republicans have ignored the difficulty.

Additionally, marijuana legalization advocacy group NORML had strong words also, saying: “If Kansas officials witness their neighbor overwhelmingly vote to approve legalization, as Missouri appears to be set to try to, and their reaction is to easily put more otherwise law-abiding individuals in jail for possessing a plant, they’re only going to bring harm to themselves and their state.”

And whether or not Kansas passes medical marijuana legislation, Missouri-sold recreational marijuana would still be illegal in Kansas.

Also read –Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies Seize 280 Pounds Of Marijuana In Drug Raid

There’s also a question on how police will handle this situation when people cross the state line and how aggressively authorities may move on enforcement.

This is not the first time Kansas has gone through this. Colorado has, for an extended time, been a recreational state.

But the Western border of Kansas is somewhat less developed compared to the eastern side so there will likely be a difference in how this situation is tackled.

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