Taking marijuana off KC streets gets mixed reaction

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There's a lot less marijuana on the streets of Kansas City thanks to the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

More than 850,000 pounds of marijuana was seized in Kansas City, Mo., this year. That's almost 4,000 percent more than last year.

Kansas City Police tweeted this statement on Tuesday: Narcotics & Vice Division reports at Police Board meeting that they've seized 850,000 pounds of marijuana this year -- 3,982 percent more than 2012.

But not everyone is as excited about that news.

"Nothings going to change on the street," said Amber Langston with Show Me Cannabis, a group that wants to legalize marijuana in Missouri. "People are still going to be using marijuana. There's still going to be a market, and the police are still going to play their cat and mouse game."

Langston says this is not where police should be focusing their attention.

"Our law enforcement resources need to be redirected toward more violent crime, property crime, things that actually hurt other people," she said.

Langston says she doesn't feel that prohibition works.

"They haven't kept this out of the hands of youth, and that's the intent," she said.

And while she praises the police for doing their job, she doesn't think this news changes anything.

"At the end of the day, it hasn't solved any problem, there's still going to be marijuana on the streets," she said. "There's still going to be a criminal enterprise running things. They've maybe stopped a couple people, but in the end it's the same failed policy that it was yesterday."

FOX 4's Melissa Stern spoke with Sgt. Chris Cesena with the Kansas City, Mo., drug unit. He says police have actually seized almost four million grams of marijuana in 2013. The original tweet was about two different sites where they got a tip that marijuana was growing. Police understand the frustration of people like those with Show Me Cannabis, but if someone calls with a tip, he says they must investigate.

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