Yep, you read it right! St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says her office won’t prosecute cases possessing 100 grams of marijuana or less unless there are aggravating situations.
Gardner also said her staff would begin reviewing and dismissing past cases.
Before this good news, St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted to handle marijuana possession more like a traffic ticket than a criminal In 2013. Meaning that anyone caught with 35 grams or fewer would be adjudicated through the city’s low-level courts, not the circuit attorney’s office.
Then in March of 2018, the aldermen reduced the fine assessed for such citations from $100 to $500 to just $25.
Just know if you don’t care about any of this and still want to carry, be sure to know your rights and if anything only carry 100 grams. Don’t be stupid!
HERE’S THE SLIGHT CATCH: (posted by RFT.COM)
“Gardner’s administrative decision follows an effort at the Board of Aldermen, led by Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green, to do just that legislatively. Green’s proposal, which ultimately failed, would have barred city staff from expending any resources on the possession of two ounces of marijuana or less — which translates to about 56 grams.
Gardner’s new plan, obviously, goes even farther, but Gardner’s decision only affects her office: The city counselor’s office would still be able to issue citations. As the RFT reported earlier this year, despite the 2013 “decriminalization,” police have continued to cite large numbers of people for possession, the vast majority of them black. The only difference is that their cases were then adjudicated by the city counselor’s office, not the circuit attorney — and did not result in “criminal” charges but rather citations.”
Jeff Jensen, the U.S. Attorney for Missouri’s Eastern District, tells us in an email, “Our office will continue to prosecute violations of federal law. Prosecution is based upon the sufficiency of the evidence and the prudent use of federal resources.”
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