Marijuana Bill: Shane Cohn Proposes Pot Fines Go To St. Louis Mental Health Board

In addition to the stipulation about the Mental Health Board funding, the new version of the bill also clarifies language around medical marijuana, removing previous terminology referring to legal prescriptions, since in Missouri, there is no such thing. But "patients, for whom marijuana has been recommended by a physician," should suffer no punishment or penalty for obtaining, possessing or using medical marijuana, the bill now says.

The other notable revisions in the bill relate to a section explaining when the ordinance would not be applicable, i.e., when police would still have to send suspects to the Circuit Attorney's Office. That includes people who have a felony conviction within the previous ten years and individuals who have previous Class A marijuana convictions.

Cohn says that the bill will be discussed in committee this morning and could from there go forward to the full board for a vote.

Here's the latest draft bill.

BOARD BILL NO. 275 CS

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Daniel Knoll
Daniel Knoll

In response to this article, combined with the 'what shall we name the new bridge ? " debate, I propose we name the bridge offically or by nickname, " The Slay Cohn, Buck-a-Blunt, Meth Rush Way ".

Ryan Sea
Ryan Sea

i think the fines should go toward helping people buy medical marijuana in states like colorado. We need to push out this illegal weed we have here in st louis and help fund the legal weed they have in states like colorado. #thesystemmakessense

Ryan Sea
Ryan Sea

i think the fines should go toward helping people buy medical marijuana in states like colorado. We need to push out this illegal weed we have here in st louis and help fund the legal weed they have in states like colorado. #thesystemmakessense

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

Hire more police. Anyone ever listen to the scanner for downtown St. Louis? Its a mad house around here.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Education and financing for major crime units.

Likesta Comment
Likesta Comment

Marijuana ought to be legal, no criminal penalty. Why would you continue the farce?

Lois Giles
Lois Giles

Just this one question this morning has ruined my day already, so, thank you. "Revenue from Marijuana fines" ..... Hm. what to do, what to do!?? Heres a thought, how about RFT do a huge article on the benefit of Medicinal Marijuana, because if people actually SAW and TALKED with real people who have been on BOTH ends, there wouldnt be such a dispute in the first place.

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