Marijuana in Lawrence

First, states near Kansas started legalizing marijuana in various forms. Then, the city of Lawrence took its own step in March 2019 to greatly reduce the fine for simple marijuana possession. In October 2019, the Douglas County District Attorney’s office weighed in by saying it would stop prosecuting simple marijuana possession cases. It seems that the community is at an inflection point on the issue of marijuana. The Journal-World decided to devote a significant portion of its Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, edition to articles exploring issues with this still illegal drug.

Lawrence’s marijuana experiment and the questions it creates

Plain and simple, the mayor of Lawrence wants marijuana to be legal. In March, Lawrence city commissioners went about as far as they could go on that front. They lowered the fine for possessing 32 grams or less of marijuana to just $1 — not only for your first offense but also your second. ...

Longtime marijuana policy reform advocate reflects on years of change

For Lawrence resident Laura Green, years of advocacy for progressive marijuana laws began with one event. “I originally became aware of the harm that was being done to people through a family member who got cancer in the '80s and was recommended to use marijuana, but then didn’t have a ...

Douglas County DA to stop prosecuting simple marijuana possession cases

Douglas County prosecutors will no longer file criminal cases for simple marijuana possession, District Attorney Charles Branson announced Thursday. Branson said the decision, which was announced in a news release Thursday afternoon and is effective immediately, was made "after a careful ...

Health care agencies won’t take position on Lawrence’s proposed marijuana law

As Lawrence prepares to lower the fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana to $1, some say there are unknowns regarding marijuana use in the city and how the changes may affect it. Neither the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department nor local substance abuse treatment center ...

Lawrence City Commission votes to lower fine for marijuana possession to $1

Lawrence city leaders are moving forward with changes that would decrease the city’s fine for possessing small amounts of marijuana to $1. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Stuart Boley opposed, to amend the city ordinance that lays ...

Lawrence City Commission wants to reduce penalties for marijuana possession

At their work session Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners all said they are interested in reducing the city’s penalties for marijuana possession, which are currently more severe than what state law requires. The city’s ordinance governing penalties for marijuana possession was adopted in ...

City leaders interested in reducing fines for marijuana possession

City leaders will soon consider whether the city should lower its fines for marijuana possession, which can be up to $1,000 for a first-time offender. Earlier this month, Lawrence resident Laura Green presented a proposal to the City Commission to lower the fine and make other changes to the ...