Fifty-four percent, or 20,075 votes beat out the “No” votes by 17,091. That was not a land slide but it was a clear victory for the initiative.
The ballot initiative to stop the criminalization of marijuana use was put on the ballot after local activists from
“I am gratified at the marijuana win because it was truly a bottom up effort,” said Bill Anderson, a person involved in putting the initiative on the ballot. ”In addition, it is a step in the correct direction, and has generated a much needed conversation about the destructive consequences of the War on Drugs. And coalitions were built during this fight.”
This vote was mostly symbolic as Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already said he will sue the city of
Janice Bradley, who was a key person involved in placing this effort on the ballot, said a bill, which is similar to the initiative, has already been proposed in the House committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice.
“Rep Steve Brunk as part of his failed campaign to defeat the ballot reform ran to Chair John Rubin to pull the bill so as not to give support to our April 7 vote were the House to pass it,” said Bradley. “So there is a bill, HB 2049, that could be amended to look more like the ordinance Wichita passed yesterday.“
Kansas Republicans Brunk and Mark Kahrs led a campaign to stop the initiative and get it off the ballot. They failed.
Across this nation Marijuana laws are coming down. We have all heard about the changes in