Kansas City has eliminated penalties for marijuana possession, the Kansas City Star reports. The city has removed the crime from the city code, effectively decriminalizing most marijuana related charges in Jackson county.
The move was made to create a more equitable justice system, as blacks are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites.
However, this doesn’t make recreational marijuana legal or change any statewide laws. People can still be prosecuted for marijuana charges if the case is picked up by county prosecutors.
Additionally, the changes do not impact the parts of Kansas City that are in Clay, Platte or Cass counties.