Wichita's Marijuana Petition Drive Falls Short

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- The petition drive for a vote in Wichita on decriminalizing marijuana may be rejected for a lack of valid signatures.

The Sedgwick County Election Board says the petition is 41 votes signatures short of what is needed to put in on the ballot.

The group Kansas for Change announced in July it had filed 5,800 signatures at Wichita City Hall. About 2,900 valid signatures are required to put the marijuana question on the city ballot. But if the 3,500 number is accurate, that would leave 2,300 valid signatures - short of the required number.

"Kansas For Change and JENI and the people of Wichita are not giving up," Bradley's email declared. "We have questions we want answered and are ready to challenge if necessary."

Supporters say they plan to appeal.

Posted by: Nick Viviani