Kansas City mayor starting pardon process for pot offenses

Kansas City mayor starting pardon process for pot offenses
The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, says his office will begin next week the process of pardoning misdemeanor marijuana offenses. (Source: Pexels photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, says his office will begin next week the process of pardoning misdemeanor marijuana offenses.

The Kansas City Star reports that Quinton Lucas made the announcement during his first State of the City address on Wednesday. Lucas made the pardons part of his campaign for office in 2019.

He said he’d like to go further and remove marijuana from the code of municipal ordinances. Lucas said his office would post an application on its website next week so nonviolent offenders with misdemeanor marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia possession on their records can ask for pardons.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)