Tuesday, November 13, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR 'MEAN JEAN' PETERS BAKER REVISES POLICY AND WILL NO LONGER TARGET MOST MARIJUANA POSSESSION!!!
The latest chapter in the drug war offers a glimpse at shifting public opinion and now authorities also reflect that sentiment.
To wit . . .
JUST NOW . . .
JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR MEAN JEAN PETERS BAKER ANNOUNCED A KIND MOVE TO CHANGE POLICY PROSECUTING MARIJUANA POSSESSION!!!
The caveats makes sense in protecting youngsters and local streets but there is no doubt this move is GROUNDBREAKING and the latest sign that the drug war against weed is lost . . .
From The Courthouse: After state vote, Jackson County Prosecutor changes policy on prosecuting marijuana
Nov. 13, 2018
As two of three voters in Missouri last week supported a Constitutional Amendment to legalize medical use of marijuana, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases, with some exceptions, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
“Voters were discerning in considering the issue,” Baker said. They rejected two lesser proposals, she noted, but voted in convincing numbers in support of one measure, Constitutional Amendment 2, on the Nov. 6 ballot.
In Jackson County on Nov. 6, 2018, Amendment 2 won even stronger support, with three of four Jackson County voters in favor. Across the state, the amendment passed with 66 percent of voters’ approval. Missouri follows 30-plus other states in some form of legalization of marijuana.
“That mandate from voters is directing this shift in our office,” Baker said. “This changing attitude toward marijuana is something we have been seeing anecdotally from our juries for some time.”
Exceptions to Jackson County’s new policy on prosecution of marijuana possession will be cases in which facts show the person is selling or distributing the drug without proper authority. For example, the office will still evaluate for prosecution cases where the offender is found to be in possession of items that are routinely associated with the illegal sale or distribution of marijuana, such as individually packaged bags of the drug, a scale or large of cash or firearms.
The Prosecutor’s Office will continue to prosecute cases in which the possession of marijuana results in drugged driving or where possession of maijuana results in harm to a child.
Baker also announced that her office will undertake two public safety awareness campaigns in Jackson County.
The first will warn caregivers to keep packaged edible marijuana away from children as some states have seen increased incidents of children ingesting marijuana, otherwise they may face prosecution.
The second will focus on “drugged driving,” stressing that marijuana users cannot drive under the influence – that remains illegal.
“Voters spoke very clearly and overwhelmingly,” Baker stated. “But we need to keep the drug – like any drug – away from the kids, and driving while high is a serious crime that puts us all at risk.”
It should be noted that the actions of the Jackson County’s Prosecutor’s Office have no impact on federal policy, which makes possession of marijuana a crime.
Update after TKC:
KCTV5: Jackson County to no longer prosecute marijuana cases
KMBC: Jackson County will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases, with some exceptions
Fox4: After Missouri vote, Jackson County changes policy on prosecuting marijuana
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