And this vote has not been respected my many of
The ballot initiative to stop the criminalization of marijuana use was put on the ballot after local activists from
These groups have collected signatures twice and now have 4,000 signatures to put this on the ballot. Still, there are many officials in the state who don't approve of letting the people of
Other Kansas Republicans, such as Kansas Representatives Steve Brunk, and Mark Kahrs are also trying to take the initiative off the ballot. It is as hard for conservatives to move away from marijuana prohibitions as it would be for them to stop supporting Israel. There are their alliances with various churches, there are supporters from groups that run drug treatment programs and there are the pure and simple biased conservatives out there that simply can't take change.
Despite the efforts to take the vote away from the people of
Almost as many adults smoke marijuana today as in the 1970s when groups such as NORMAL were on the verge of changing the laws.
If this ordinance passes, it will not likely go into effect. But it will send a message to our leaders that they can't maintain their anti-marijuana laws forever. Just as with alcohol prohibitions, marijuana prohibition is not here to say. We deserve the right to chose.