Kansas City Voters Decriminalize Marijuana

Kansas City voters have passed an initiative to decriminalize marijuana.

kansas city Marijuana will soon be decriminalized in Missouri’s most populated city after voters gave approval tonight to Question 5. The initiative decriminalizes the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $25 ticket. Under current law possessing 10 to 35 grams is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail; possessing less than 10 grams is a misdemeanor but with no jail time for a first offense, although subsequent offense can result in up to a year in jail.

Below is the exact ballot question approved by voters:

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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 calling 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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Kansas City Cannabis Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies for Ballot

Kansas CityPetitioners seeking to decriminalize municipal penalties specific to the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana have gathered sufficient signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, a representative from the Kansas City Clerk’s office confirmed today.

The proposal, spearheaded by Kansas City NORML, amends citywide penalties from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil fine, punishable by a $25 fine. Similar municipal measures are currently in place in St. Louis and in Columbia, Missouri.

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