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A plan to decriminalize marijuana in Kansas City has been blocked for now in a City Council committee.City Councilman Brandon Ellington’s plan would decriminalize 99 grams or less of marijuana. That’s about 3.5 ounces.”And according to the grams and the amounts, 100 grams is three to four packs of cigarettes, depending on the type of cigarettes that you smoke,” Ellington said.Many people lined up to testify in support of it.Christina Frommer spoke on ending harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes.”It’s very difficult to get out once you’re in there. People’s entire lives have been ruined,” Frommer said.Justin Palmer spoke on the changing attitudes toward pot.”It’s more than just dirty hippies that are using it now,” Palmer said.But law enforcement is pushing back. The police point to a high-intensity, drug-trafficking area report, charging, “Like tobacco, advocacy groups are working to transform marijuana’s image over two decades.””We have 10 homicides so far this year that we can say a predominant factor was marijuana,” said Scott Simons, of the Kansas City Police Department.The big crowd, who stood once to show their support for the plan, laughed out loud at that claim. Despite the support, committee Chair Katheryn Shields said there was so much information to process, she is holding the measure for four weeks.”I’m not going to call it a setback because whenever you have this many people that don’t typically don’t get engaged in local politics that come out for local politics, I don’t see it as a setback,” Ellington said.

A plan to decriminalize marijuana in Kansas City has been blocked for now in a City Council committee.

City Councilman Brandon Ellington’s plan would decriminalize 99 grams or less of marijuana. That’s about 3.5 ounces.

“And according to the grams and the amounts, 100 grams is three to four packs of cigarettes, depending on the type of cigarettes that you smoke,” Ellington said.

Many people lined up to testify in support of it.

Christina Frommer spoke on ending harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes.

“It’s very difficult to get out once you’re in there. People’s entire lives have been ruined,” Frommer said.

Justin Palmer spoke on the changing attitudes toward pot.

“It’s more than just dirty hippies that are using it now,” Palmer said.

But law enforcement is pushing back. The police point to a high-intensity, drug-trafficking area report, charging, “Like tobacco, advocacy groups are working to…

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