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KCMO ordinance decriminalizing marijuana passes council committee

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 11:16:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, ordinance removing marijuana prosecution and penalties passed in committee Wednesday morning.

KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted the Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee passed the ordinance, which was proposed last week, on a 4-2 vote.

The ordinance will be considered by the full City Council on July 9, the mayor’s office told 41 Action News.

Lucas thanked council members Lee Barnes, Melissa Robinson, Ryana Parks-Shaw and Kevin McManus for their support, calling it “the right decision.”

Kansas City residents voted to decriminalize minor marijuana possession in 2017.

Lucas said further decriminalization could improve police and community relations by "eliminating laws that for too long have led to negative interactions, arrests, convictions, and disproportionate rates of incarceration of Black men and Black women."