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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Could the penalty for pot be reduced in St. Louis City? One alderman is making a push for it.

The 25th Ward alderman Shane Cohn emailed a copy of the proposed bill to his colleagues on the board. he says that city police officers have more serious crimes to fight.

Right now, state law can land someone in jail for having a small amount of marijuana and the state of Missouri does not recognize medial marijuana prescriptions.  Cohn is reportedly suggesting passing a local ordinance that, instead of handcuffs, those found with only enough of the drug for person use be given a citation similar to a traffic ticket and police should have the flexibility to refer some marijuana cases to the civil instead of criminal court system.

Alderman Cohn is looking for ways to free up court and police time.  Both the…

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