Friday, August 02, 2019
KANSAS CITY FRIDAY NIGHT QUESTION: WILL WEED FORGIVENESS HELP MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS FIGHT CRIME OR EMBOLDEN LOCAL DRUG DEALERS?!?!
Whilst the rest of this town has a good time, our most dedicated news readers consider upcoming stoner public policy.
Here's the KCMO plan for restorative weed justice . . .
Fox4: New KC mayor still plans to pardon potentially thousands of marijuana convictions
Mayor Quinton Lucas has pledged to pardon people previously convicted of stand alone marijuana possession municipal ordinance violations.
"To say that somebody was 18, 10 years ago, had a small joint, ended up with a ticket, it was an ordinance violation, and they have to live with that stigma, I think it's ridiculous and I look forward to making that change soon," Lucas said.
Lucas could also pardon people still working there way through the court system.
In 2017, Kansas City voters approved a ballot initiative reducing the maximum penalty for having less than 35 grams of marijuana to $25 with no possible jail time, but it's still a drug conviction.
As Jackson County Prosecutor's Office announced they'd no longer prosecute minor marijuana cases, Municipal Court charges have decreased, but are still happening. In fact including warrants there's nearly 3,000 pending municipal court marijuana cases.
And so we ask . . .
WILL KANSAS CITY WEED DECRIMINALIZATION HELP PACIFY LOCAL STREETS OR MERELY ENCOURAGE STONERS TO STEP UP THEIR GAME?!?!
You decide . . .