The city of Prairie Village will continue to look into a marijuana decriminalization ordinance following a tense city council discussion Monday that touched upon issues of both race and cost.

Councilmembers Inga Selders and Ian Graves first introduced the issue to the city council in January with a measure that emphasizes Prairie Village’s proximity to Missouri, which has already legalized medical marijuana, as a reason to alter the city’s regulations.

Following that, the council directed city staff to look into several options for decriminalizing marijuana in Prairie Village, including removing related language from city code and reducing municipal penalties on cannabis-related infractions.

Staff presented their findings to the city council’s Committee of the Whole on Monday, and concluded that the main…

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