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Marijuana still a no go in Kansas

You may be following news throughout the nation regarding changes in many states' marijuana laws. Some states have legalized the recreational use of the drug while others have implemented very strict regulations that limit its use to medicinal purposes only. Even then, some states place further limitations on that particular use, such as those where using marijuana medically limits it to those with seizure disorders. If you're a Kansas resident, you may have already noticed that in this state marijuana remains illegal in all circumstances.

In fact, state law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic. If you are familiar at all with legal drug classifications, you may know that this is the same category the federal government and many states typically uses for heavy narcotics, such as cocaine and heroin. If police find that you possess even a small amount of marijuana, you could be in for a heap of legal trouble.

Penalties can be quite severe if convicted

The following list provides basic facts regarding possible repercussions if a court convicts you of a marijuana-related crime:

  • On a first offense for possession of marijuana, you could face fines of as much as $2,500.
  • Although the court typically considers a first offense a misdemeanor, you might still go to jail for up to a year if convicted.
  • Penalties increase significantly when it's a second offense. You could face a Level 5 drug felony if police say they caught you with marijuana in your possession. 
  • The court would most likely review your criminal history if you are convicted a second time for possession of marijuana and sentencing would vary from the minimum allowed by law to a maximum sentence, depending on your particular criminal record.
  • For a Level 1 felony (possession of 30 kilos or more) fines increase to up to half a million dollars.

If someone has told you that you can cultivate marijuana in Kansas, just not use it for personal pleasure, you received bad information. Lack of knowledge and misunderstanding of state and/or federal law often leads to confusion that can land someone behind bars. To avoid such problems, you may want to keep in mind that this state does not allow any cultivation, use, selling or delivering of marijuana.

Things aren't always what they seem, however. For example, if police pull you over while you're driving a car you borrowed from a friend and a search reveals the presence of a substance police claim is marijuana; you could face charges for a drug crime even if you didn't know it was there. In such situations, if you know how tap into strong defense resources, you may be able to resolve your problem with no long-term consequences.

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