Kansas City Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Up for Vote Tomorrow

In Kansas City, Missouri an initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession is up for a vote tomorrow, April 4th.

Question 5, up for a vote tomorrow, would decriminalize the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis, making it a simple $25 fine rather than a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison (and/or a maximum fine of $2,000).

“We’re not telling people that this will make marijuana legal,” says Jamie Kacz of Kansas City NORML, clearing up the confusion from some that have been callingĀ Question 5 a legalization measure “It’s just reducing the penalties and that’s very important for people to understand.”

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Kansas City Lawmakers Vote 12 to 1 to Place Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative on April Ballot

In a 12 to 1 vote, the Kansas City (Missouri) Council has sent an initiative to decriminalize marijuana to a vote of the people this April.

The vote was forced by marijuana reform advocates who collected enough signatures to put the measure before the council. The council had the option of passing it into law, or putting it to a vote of the people; they overwhelmingly chose the latter.

The initiative was put forth by the Kansas City chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Below is the exact question that voters will be deciding on this April:

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