Wichita residents voted in favor of a measure to reduce the penalties for first time possession of marijuana, by a margin of 54-46%, which is not exactly a close race in terms of an election. State officials have filed with the Kansas Supreme Court to block the implementation of the law that Wichita’s voters approved.
State legislators Steve Brunk and Mark Kahrs, along with Attorney General Derek Schmidt have made it abundantly clear that they believe their personal opinions should outweigh the will of the voters of Wichita.
When we questioned Brunk, he displayed an astonishing level of ignorance in regards to marijuana, drug addiction, and alcohol regulation, which is surprising, considering he sits on the committee that regulates alcohol in Kansas.
When we questioned Kahrs, he simply refused to answer, multiple times, and, in a particularly classless move, grabbed my camera lens and moved it away from his direction.
And Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been trying to privatize Kansas prisons for years, so that his friends can profit from locking up non-violent drug offenders.
So we have a state legislator who clearly has no idea what he is talking about, a state legislator who rudely refuses to answer simple questions, and an Attorney General who wants his campaign donors to make more money by locking people up for non-violent drug offenses.