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Kansas City NORML Moves One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator June 6, 2016

    Great news for marijuana consumers in Kansas City, Missouri! After months of back and forth meetings with city officials, NORML KC, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of marijuana laws, has received approval to move forward with a municipal initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession offenses. If passed, the measure will amend local laws regarding the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana for adults age 21 and up from a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine to a civil offense punishable by a $50 fine — no arrest or criminal record. Read the full text of the initiative by clicking, here!

    With a deadline of August 25, 2016 to collect the 1,703 signatures needed to qualify the initiative for a vote, the organization’s executive director, Jamie Kacz, is hoping to gather more than 2,300 to offset the possibility of some signatures being deemed invalid. Mrs. Kacz and her volunteers started the process of collecting signatures during last week’s First Friday Art Festival at the Crossroads Art District and will continue to work hard over the next twelve weeks.

    “Current laws are unreasonably harsh and now is the perfect opportunity to make a change. It’s time for Kansas City to take this sensible step forward,” Kacz said. “This will be a grassroots effort and passionate volunteers will be an essential part of our efforts”.

    If you live in Kansas City, be on the lookout for volunteers with NORML KC as they’re out and about with petitions looking to reform your city’s marijuana laws! Make sure you follow NORML KC on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with future events and announcements!

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    9 Responses to “Kansas City NORML Moves One Step Closer to Decriminalizing Marijuana”

    1. Pat Welty says:

      Let me know when you start on the Kansas side of KC.

    2. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Yeah Missouri. That’s a one big happy baby step towards freedom from federal prohibition. What about the Kansas side? Missouri is cool except for their state swat team.

    3. mexweed says:

      Possession of any amount up to 35 grams grouped all into one category and a penalty still attached, admittedly much smaller than before, we can agree it’s progress but still disappointing.

      Missing here is the ultimate grand compromise, a ONE-GRAM exemption! One gram is forty (40) single tokes in a 5.5-mm-diameter screened crater flexdrawtube oneheater, so obviously no one needs to carry around more than a gram at a time just for personal use or even to serve a friend or two.

      Agitation for this change needs to be coupled with simple technical instruction how to make one-hitters (see the free wiki article “12 Easy Ways to Make a Flexdrawtube Oneheater”) and a campaign to eliminate from use the 500-mg Hot Burn Overdose Monoxide Paperpuff Joint which has served as a “Trojan Horse” luring youngsters into nicotine tobackgo $igarette addiction, illness, early death and massive social costs.

    4. Need to get started in Ks. Or is there some place where I can get some..”use medicinally’ “chronic arthritis, schlolisis..dentist left infection in gums, loosing feeling in face due to nerve damage..have two lumps growing in breast… “stupid doctors’…helps me in many different ways…

      • Tony says:

        Hey Robin, In Kansas, there are too many keyboard warriors but not enough activists. Look up Kansas for Change, Fire It up Kansas, Kansas for Marijuana, and Bleeding Kansas, Legalization of Marijuana in Kansas, Kansas Republicans for Medical Marijuana and Kansas for Medical Marijuana. It has so many groups but it appears they are not all that connected to make significant progresses. Look it all up on Facebook and get actions going so you can get your medicines from a dispensary.

    5. Julian says:

      I’m so proud of what Missouri is accomplishing. Please don’t take this momentum for granted; read the rules clearly and be prepared for court, like Detroit is;

      http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/06/07/marijuana-legalization-michigan-constitutional-rick-snyder-devos-amway-milegalize-fracking/85560272/

      The repercussions of Missouri legalizing will be awesome for not only the surrounding states, but for movement on legalization at the Federal level. Show Me Marijuana Legalization!

    6. Mark Innes says:

      OK Missouri, let’s make it a race. Is has already lowered sentencing drag lines. Let’s legalize now!

    7. Lloyd Fowler says:

      LET’S SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR NORML!!!! After All, This Is The “SHOW ME STATE”, Isn’t It?????

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