Kansas City: New Mayor Promises to Uphold Pledge to Pardon Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

Kansas City, MO: Newly sworn-in mayor Quinton Lucas says that he intends to move forward with plans to pardon several thousand Kansas City residents who possess marijuana possession convictions.

An estimated 5,000 local residents have received criminal convictions for marijuana possession since 2008. In 2017, voters approved a municipal ballot measure decriminalizing marijuana possession offenses involving 35 grams or less.

Mayor Lucas said that those with minor marijuana violations in their past should not have to "live with that stigma."

"I think it’s ridiculous, and I look forward to making that change soon," he said.

In recent months, numerous states and municipalities have enacted plans to either expunge or pardon those with low-level cannabis convictions.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500, or visit Kansas City NORML.