Kansas’ Marijuana Laws

Kansas may be the Sunflower State, but when it comes to marijuana laws, it would be better referred to as the Zero Tolerance State.  Any amount of marijuana can land Kansas residents in jail! It is best to be educated and informed on local paraphernalia laws in order to keep yourself out from behind bars.

Kansas Marijuana Attorneys

The following Kansas lawyers are actively involved in the practice of cannabis law:



Anti-marijuana laws are particularly harsh in Kansas, where the drug is banned for any use, including medical. There are often mandatory minimum sentences, and maximum penalties are highly punitive, including potentially massive fines.


Possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor on a first offense, punishable by up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines. On a second or subsequent offense, possession for personal use becomes a felony and carries a minimum penalty of 10 months in jail and a maximum of 3.5 years, plus a whopping fine of up to $300,000.

Sale or Distribution

Sale, delivery, or trafficking of any amount of marijuana is a felony in Kansas, punishable by at least one year in jail and as many as five years in prison, along with a possible fine of $300,000. Sale or distribution within 1,000 feet of a school zone carries a penalty of between four and seven years in prison, plus $300,000 in fines.


Cultivation of fewer than five marijuana plants is treated as misdemeanor possession. Cultivation of five or more plants is a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in prison and a maximum of 17.

Hash and Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates, including hashish and hash oil, are treated the same as regular cannabis under Kansas law. That means the weight limits are the same and there are no increased penalties for possession, sale, distribution, or cultivation of concentrates.


Possession of any drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor in Kansas. The maximum penalty is one year in jail and $2,500 in fines.

Paraphernalia in the state includes any device used for the manufacture, cultivation, testing, analysis, storage, concealing, or introducing of cannabis to the body.


California Marijuana Laws
Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Personal Use
28.5 grams or less infraction N/A $100
28.5 grams or less, over 18 years, and occurred on school grounds misdemeanor 10 days $500
28.5 grams or less, under 18 years misdemeanor 10 days* $250
More than 28.5 grams misdemeanor 6 mos $500
With Intent to Distribute
Any amount felony 16 mos - 3 years $0
*Detention center
Sale or Delivery
Any amount felony 2 - 4 years $0
Gift of 28.5 grams or less misdemeanor N/A $100
Over 18 years to an individual 14-17 years felony 3 - 7 years $0
Any amount felony 16 mos - 3 years $0
Hash & Concentrates
Possession N/A 1 year $500
Unauthorized manufacture N/A 16 mos - 3 years $500
Chemical manufacture N/A 3 - 7 years $50,000
Sale, delivery, possession with intent, and manufacture with intent misdemeanor 15 days - 6 mos $500
Involving a minor at least 3 years junior misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
Vehicles and other property may be seized for controlled substance violations.
Using a minor in the unlawful sale or transport of marijuana is a felony punishable by 3-7 years imprisonment. Inducing a minor to use marijuana is also a felony punishable by 3-7 years imprisonment.
Any violation of the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act results in a fine up to $150.
A person who participates in the illegal marketing of marijuana is liable for civil damages.
It is a misdemeanor to loiter in a public place with the intent to commit certain controlled substances offenses.
A controlled substance conviction can result in suspension of driving privileges.