KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — 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.
Peters 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.
The Kansas City Star reports the 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.
The following is a statement from Jack Cardetti, spokesman for New Approach Missouri:
“We wholeheartedly support the announcement today that the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office will no longer be prosecuting simple marijuana possession cases. Obviously, the announcement today goes beyond medical marijuana, but we appreciate the respect and deference Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker has shown the voters of Jackson County. Missourians came together last week to overwhelmingly provide historic relief to patients and veterans, and we are thrilled that Amendment 2 is already bringing positive changes to our state.”