Last night, the Kansas City city council was supposed to vote on a marijuana decriminalization proposal.
However, the council made some unexpected changes during the meeting, sidelining the proposal and passing a very different piece of legislation instead. The move angered many marijuana advocates in the city.
Committee Unexpectedly Changes Amendment, Angers Advocates
Last night was Kansas City’s Finance, Governance, and Public Safety committee meeting. And with a potentially important new piece of cannabis legislation slated for discussion, the meeting reportedly drew a large crowd.
In particular, numerous marijuana advocates were in attendance, hoping to voice their support for a move toward decriminalization.
Specifically, the committee was scheduled to vote on a decriminalization proposal introduced by Councilman Brandon Ellington. His proposal would change city rules so that getting caught with 100 grams of marijuana or less would result in a simple $25 fine.
However, the Finance, Governance, and Public Safety committee did not actually vote on this proposal. Instead, the committee unexpectedly sidelined Ellington’s amendment.
And in its place, the committee voted on and passed a very different piece of legislation under which anyone caught with 35 grams of weed or less would have the charge expunged from a person’s