St. Louis Aldermen Reduce Marijuana Penalty

5 years 3 months 3 days ago Monday, April 15 2013 Apr 15, 2013 Monday, April 15, 2013 12:43:21 PM CDT April 15, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Starting in June, people caught with small amounts of marijuana in St. Louis will be penalized the same as those who get a traffic ticket.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that aldermen voted 22-3 Monday in favor of a law giving officers the option of moving some marijuana cases to the municipal court system. Violators would generally be given a summons to appear in municipal court rather than being handcuffed and booked at the police station.

Under state law, possession of 35 grams or less is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

The new law is effective June 1.

 

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