Residents in Kansas City will be authorized to carry a small amount of marijuana after the city council agreed to decriminalize the act.
On Thursday, members of the council voted 9-4 to strip marijuana possession from the city code. Although the vote doesn’t mean the legalization of the recreational use of the plant, many prosecutors can now stop charging people for pot possession.
“Statewide reforms on this issue are needed so that we don’t have a patchwork of laws that more harshly impact some over others,” National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws’ spokeswoman said.
Across the city’s counties, prosecutors remain divided regarding the matter; in Jackson County, people are likely free to possess weed while Clay, Platte, and Cass counties are still considering the charges.