St. Louis Aldermen Reduce Marijuana Penalty
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.