Marijuana Legalization will have a big impact on Kansas, but not all Negative

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 19, 2016.

A new survey of law enforcement agencies, carried out by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, suggested that Legalization of marijuana in Colorado will have a big impact on Kansas. However, the impacts may not be all negative, it stated.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt has released responses from 390 district attorneys and law enforcement agencies in the state of Kansas that indicate that there is less marijuana being confiscated, and that the potency of the drugs that they’re seeing has been increasing, according to a statement from his office.

The survey results also found that the legal system has been swept by altering attitudes about marijuana, with some law enforcement agencies no longer enforcing drug laws much. When they do they’re finding it tough to win convictions. It’s created a confusing situation for law enforcement, with some enforcing it more strictly while others are preparing for marijuana’s legalization and are placing less emphasis on it.

“The criminal justice system is moving in the direction of what appears to be changes in public attitude,” Schmidt said while releasing the survey. “Obviously not moving as far as some people would like, but there is obviously an evolution or a change, and this showed that it has reached the enforcement level as well.”

Around 75 per cent of Colorado’s counties and towns reported confiscation of marijuana fewer than 5 times between 2014 and 2015. Schmidt said, law enforcement should use discretion and consider factors such as cost but they should also remain consistent. He also said, he is also concerned about the growing popularity of edibles, which are food products made with marijuana or infused with marijuana oils.

So far, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have legalized marijuana, while Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will consider marijuana legalization this fall.

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