Kansas City: Municipal Decriminalization Measure Passes

Kansas City, MO: Kansas City voters approved a municipal ballot measure on Tuesday decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses within the city’s limits.

Nearly 75 percent of citywide 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 ordinance also eliminates local 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. KC NORML spearheaded the initiative effort.

Other Missouri cities, such as St. Louis and Columbia, have enacted similar local decriminalization ordinances.

The new ordinance takes effect upon the mayor’s signature or within five days.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit: http://www.normlkc.org/.