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The rules on growing marijuana in Kansas are not as straightforward as you’d think. Kansas is one of few states to prohibit all forms of marijuana, so it would make sense that the laws on growing it would be clearly spelled out. Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. Growing cannabis in Kansas is one of the least likely marijuana charges you’d face there. That is, unless, you were growing weed for the entire neighborhood.
This is because growing weed in Kansas is only a felony if you have 4 or more plants. There is no specific mention of the repercussions for growing less than four plants. Therefore, many would assume that a small garden would pose less of a risk than a garden with multiple plants. When many states have clear rules against growing even a single plant, this is indeed promising for the average home grower.
The laws are still clear, however. Kansas does not have lenient marijuana laws. Authorities may overlook a couple plants, but they can’t overlook marijuana completely. There are no laws against a single plant, but there are laws against a single joint. If you do decide to grow a cannabis plant, it is a good idea to be very mindful of what you do with its harvest.
If you do opt to grow a single plant, it is a good idea to try and maximize what you get out of it. Read up on how to grow the most potent plants possible. You could also learn how to make creative things with your plant – such as a cannabis oil. Oil created from a marijuana plant, (unlike flower used in a blunt or bong) does not smell or look like marijuana.
For those that plan to grow in Kansas, the important thing to remember is that it doesn’t take much. A single plant can produce a good yield of marijuana. There is no reason to risk a felony in this state.
Possession of marijuana
Possession of marijuana in Kansas is similar to growing marijuana in Kansas – it’s not as bad as you’d expect. Those caught with marijuana for the first time may only face a misdemeanor. If found guilty, probation is often the result. Paraphernalia is also a misdemeanor, so carrying materials to consume weed won’t necessarily place you in jail. Another interesting fact – hash and concentrates face the same charges as the flower form. You can read more about marijuana laws in Kansas at norml.org
Kansas is making an active effort to deter people from growing weed through financial penalties. They do this via a marijuana tax. The tax makes it possible to collect money on any illegal marijuana activity – and is geared at reducing a ‘black market’ economy. While it is not legal to purchase of sell marijuana in Kansas, the tax ensures that the state is able to collect on some of those profits.
Marijuana taxes supposedly can be paid without risk of prosecution, although there have been few stories of that actually being the case. Kansas charges $.40/gram of wet (live) plant and $.90/gram of the dry plant.
The state’s drug tax does not condone the use of marijuana, but it does suggest an acknowledgment that people are consuming it. Since they took the time to create a tax for wet plants, it’s probably also safe to assume that they are growing it as well.
Is growing marijuana illegal in Kansas? Very much so. Will you go to jail for growing a single plant? Possibly not.
Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]