KCMO delays action on marijuana after raucous hearing

Bill Grady
September 25, 2019 - 10:57 pm
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Kansas City, MO - A committee of the Kansas City Council has tabled a plan to decriminalize marijuana for at least one month.

Public Safety Committee chair Kathryn Shields had to use the gavel during public testimony because some folks wanted to go beyond their allotted time. Others spoke out of turn. 

The proposed ordinance, introduced by council member Brandon Ellington, would knock possession of 100 grams or less down to a municipal offense. That amount equals about 3.5 ounces.

The panel delayed action for at least a month, despite strong support from most of the citizens in attendance.

The idea behind the ordinance is getting pushback from the Kansas City Police Department. 

Police Capt. Scott Simons said the department has investigated 10 homicides this year in which they say marijuana is a dominant contributing factor. Simons' presentation was met with derisive laughter from the gallery. 

Ellington said high public engagement keeps him from being discouraged.

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