It's uncertain if locals will spend their sympathy on the plight of stoners . . . Even in the pursuit of social justice . . . Lulz.
Still . . . A recent hipster missive on the local drug game and constant criticism of cops contained a worthwhile passage . . .
Take a peek at recent local weed complaints . . .
"In Kansas City, Missouri, prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says she will not prosecute low-level marijuana offenses. But the results of this shift in priorities have been mixed. Baker declared a de-prioritization of cannabis offenses in late 2018, but since then, the KCPD has still arrested nearly 600 people for simple marijuana possession.
"KC is not alone. Nationally, there were more marijuana arrests in 2018 than for all violent crimes combined. The same year saw nearly 16,000 marijuana arrests across Missouri, which accounts for more than half of all drug arrests in the state, the overwhelming number of which are for small-scale possession.
"Public Defense Attorney Jeff Esparza notes that three months after Baker pledged not to prosecute possession of minute amounts of marijuana, he saw a small possession guilty plea in a court roll.
“We have a faux-progressive prosecutor who says she doesn’t care about weed,” says Esparza. “But she also doesn’t care if KCPD arrests people for it, she doesn’t care if police use it for probable cause to search people, and she sure doesn’t mind revoking probation or parole for it.”
"Esparza says that while Jackson County has not outright put people in jail for possessing small amounts of pot, they often put people on probation, which is a privatized hellscape often leading to imprisonment, or at least an unending cycle of recidivism."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
Harshing the mellow. // Illustration by Jasmine Ye Donte West pulled up to the wrong house, at the wrong time, in the wrong state. As a result, he nearly died in prison for a marijuana charge. In 2016, at just 23 years old, West took on the role of caretaker to his grandmother and two younger brothers in his native...