Kansas City voters OK lower penalties for pot possession

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 05 2017 Apr 5, 2017 Wednesday, April 05, 2017 11:18:19 AM CDT April 05, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Possession of small amounts of marijuana in Kansas City will no longer bring a large fine or the possibility of jail time.

Kansas City voters on Tuesday approved a proposal that lowers the maximum fine to $25 from $500 and removes the possibility of up 180 days in jail.

The Kansas City Star reports the change applies only to cases in municipal court in which defendants possessed 35 grams or less of marijuana — about 1 1/4 ounces.

The measure also eliminated city charges for possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia.

Twenty-nine states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana either for recreational or medical use. Missouri this year eliminated jail time for first-time offenders convicted of possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana.

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