Kansas City Voters Approve Possession Penalty Reduction

Voters in Kansas City, Missouri approved a measure to reduce marijuana penalties by a wide margin on Tuesday.

Kansas City Star reports:

The measure lowers the maximum fine for marijuana possession in city court to $25 from $500 and eliminates jail time as a penalty. Under the old ordinance, a sentence of 180 days was possible.

The change applies only to cases in Kansas City Municipal Court in which defendants possessed 35 grams or less of marijuana — about 1  1/4 ounces.

The issue landed on the ballot through a petition drive led by…

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