Monday, December 03, 2018
TKC MUST READ!!! KCPD CHIEF WARNS KANSAS CITY AGAINST RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE!!! HOWEVER, WILL CONT'D WEED CRACKDOWN BETRAY POLICE 'COMMUNITY OUTREACH' EFFORTS?!?
As the holiday season grows increasingly stressful and locals engage in festivities of all sorts, Kansas City's top cop offers a stern warning.
KCPD Chief's Blog: Missouri's new medical marijuana law and KCPD
Money line and 1st word belongs to this dedicated leader of local 1st responders:
"Because criminal laws about recreational marijuana use have not changed, neither will our enforcement. The members of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department take an oath to enforce state statutes. Until laws change, we will conduct business in accordance with our oath and the laws of this state. For felony-level marijuana possession cases (35 or more grams), we will continue to submit case files to all the county prosecutors’ offices in Kansas City, depending on where the offense took place: Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass.
"Most misdemeanor-level cases will continue to be submitted to city prosecutors. While the possession of 35 grams of marijuana or less carries a fine of just $25, it is still a misdemeanor and will be noted as such on an individual’s criminal record. The passage of Missouri’s medical marijuana law in no way changes that. It does, however, raise many other questions regarding firearms, employment and more that are beyond law enforcement."
Read his post in it's entirety
First, a TKC reality check . . .
- Stoners smoke weed in public and at most parties in Kansas City. Marijuana is more widely available than bubble gum. If there is a legal prohibition against weed, the impact has been completely ineffective and almost impossible to calculate.
- The recent Missouri weed vote isn't as big of a deal as the Jackson County Prosecutor declaring that she wasn't going to charge small time weed possession any longer.
- To be fair, the Chief's crackdown is important because people still have to worry about their job and a weed arrest, even without a conviction has the potential to mess with a person's insurance costs, gun rights and employment opportunities.
Nevertheless . . .
THERE'S A CONTRADICTION IN THIS KCPD STATEMENT!!!
THE STERN CRACKDOWN WARNING BETRAYS PROMISES OF "COMMUNITY OUTREACH" POLICING GIVEN PUBLIC SENTIMENT AGAINST POINTLESS MARIJUANA PROHIBITION!!!
REALITY: MOST KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS REJECT MARIJUANA LAW!!!
The arc of history is on the side of legalization and what this missive really points out is a need to set federal policy on this front given so many public officials offering confusing guidance on the topic.
Of course TKC advises AGAINST breaking any law but there is no denying that these regulations are in flux and seem inconsistent to rational and objective observers.
What's most disappointing: Kansas City violent crime still ranks among the highest in the nation and this marijuana debate reveals KCPD leadership out of step with residents when it comes to policing priorities despite good intentions to seek greater partnership with neighborhoods.
Recent voting in Missouri and statements from the prosecutor reveal that Kansas City voters oppose draconian enforcement of current marijuana laws and instead want greater access for alternative medical therapies or simply don't want to waste resources on the prosecution of what has become a common American pastime.
Meanwhile, this oddly severe KCPD statement depicts a stubborn and outdated worldview that's stuck adhering to decrepit policy and chasing petty junkies while far greater problems confront Kansas City.
Developing . . .