WICHITA, Kan. -

A petition to reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Wichita came up short of enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot this November.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says about 3,600 of the 6,000 signatures on the petition were determined to be invalid.

The petition only came up around 40 names short. The group behind it says it will challenge the count in court, because they believe some signatures were wrongly excluded. However the deadline to file a petition is the day before the primary election, so essentially it is already too late for the issue to be put on the November ballot.

The petition aimed to lower fines and eliminate jail time for those caught with small amounts of marijuana.