Jackson County prosecutor will longer charge for marijuana possession, with some exceptions

November 13, 2018 - 3:01 pm
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Kansas City, MO - Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says her office will not prosecute most marijuana possession cases.

Voters last week overwhelmingly approved amending the Missouri constitution to allow medical marijuana.

Jackson County will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases, with some exceptions https://t.co/LUz2LNirDB pic.twitter.com/3ItPDTay8d

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Baker said Tuesday voters spoke loudly on the issue, noting three out of four Jackson County residents approved the measure. She says the office has also noted changing attitudes toward marijuana from juries.

Exceptions will include selling or distributing marijuana without proper authority and possession of items associated with illegal sales, such as individual packaged bags of the drug.

Another exception would be when large amounts of cash or firearms are found in conjunction with drug cases.

The office also will prosecute cases involving drugged driving or when marijuana results in a child being harmed.
 

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