60% of all drug arrests in Wichita are for possession of marijuana or possession of paraphernalia. These small, easy arrests for marijuana are driving the drug war and filling our courtrooms, prisons, & probation offices at great expense to the taxpayer. The costs are huge for court ordered drug treatment and supervision of these nonviolent citizens. Kansans know marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. There are real crimes that demand the attention of law enforcement.
These arrests are ruining the lives of taxpayers, their families, friends and loved ones. Penalties are harsher for those arrested who cannot afford an attorney. Drug convictions and forced pleas bring lifelong consequences that often make positive lifestyle changes impossible through the systematic denial of student loans, job opportunities, the right to vote, and housing. It is time to change these outdated laws and end the criminal penalties for marijuana possession.