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KS Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Wichita Pot Ordinance

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Kansas's highest court is considering the legality of Wichita's marijuana ordinance next week.

Oral arguments are set for next Thursday in the legal challenge brought by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. At issue is the state's effort to overturn a voter-approved ordinance in Wichita lessening criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Wichita voters approved the measure in April.

The ordinance imposes a maximum $50 fine for first-time possession of a small amount of pot. State law deems it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The court is set to consider whether the ordinance conflicts with state law and if it was properly filed.