Des Moines Decriminalizes Cannabis Possession—But It’s On Hold

Although the city of Des Moines has officially approved a resolution to decriminalize cannabis, it won’t officially make a difference until federal or Iowa legalization occurs. 

The recommendation, if acted upon, would make cannabis possession the lowest priority within city limits, effectively decriminalizing possession. This resolution was unanimously approved by the Des Moines City Council, but only on the condition that if the state or country legalize, decriminalize, etc., the city will immediately decriminalize. It will have to be brought before the city within 30 days of state or federal legalization. 

According to some objectors, like Police Chief Dana Wingert, without a change on a larger government level, there could be danger in “arbitrarily assigning a level of ‘seriousness’ or ‘priority,’ beyond what is currently established by Iowa Code, is problematic.”

Pushing For Justice

While decriminalization could truly be on the horizon, state legalization is unlikely. Governor Kim Reynolds does not support legal cannabis. A more likely scenario would be the state decriminalizing cannabis, as there is currently a bill to that effect in the state Senate. This bill is the first time the state has shown support for legalizing cannabis in any form. 

Advocates in Iowa, knowing that there

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