Kansas City Lawmakers Vote To Remove All Local Penalties For Marijuana Possession

Kansas City Lawmakers Vote To Remove All Local Penalties For Marijuana Possession

The Kansas City, Missouri City Council voted on Thursday to approve an ordinance ending all penalties for marijuana possession under the municipality’s local laws. Mayor Quinton Lucas (D) and four local lawmakers filed the cannabis measure last month, which repeals a provision of the Code of Ordinances stipulating that possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana carries a $25 fine and more than 35 grams is punishable by a $500 fine. The vote to approve the proposal was 9-4. Lucas, who has previously said he plans to pursue efforts to remove other “minor drug offenses from our code,” celebrated the measure’s passage. “The City doesn’t need to be in the marijuana policing business—and we remain focused on helping open doors to new opportunities & empowering people to make a decent living,” he said on Twitter. Update concerning Ordinance #200455, “Possession or control of marijuana” to eliminate the possession or control of marijuana as a violation of the Code of Ordinances. *** City Council passed the ordinance to remove marijuana from the City Code of Ordinances. #KCMO https://t.co/pLmxqpTZvi — Kansas City, MO (@KCMO) July 9, 2020 Text of the measure, which does not change Missouri state laws that continue to criminalize cannabis for non-medical use, describes racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests and states that the Council “believes future resources should be focused on the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of violent crime in Kansas City.” In 2018, Missouri voters approved a statewide initiative establishing a medical cannabis market. The year…

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