Jackson Co. won’t prosecute most marijuana possession cases

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.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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