Missouri: Kansas City Passes Measure To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession
By Derrick Stanley
Kansas City voters approved a measure on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana possession within the city's limits.
Nearly 75 percent of voters decided 'yes' on Question 5 which reduces penalties for the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation punishable by a $25 fine. The measure also eliminates penalties for the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia.
The era of reefer madness in Kansas City has come to an end and no longer will otherwise law abiding citizens be targeted or arrested for the mere possession of marijuana," said Jamie Kacz, Executive Director of KC NORML.
The new ordinance takes effect when signed by the mayor or within five days.