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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill: How Many Cases Does St. Louis Circuit Attorney Handle?

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The proposed bill says, in part:

[T]he City Counselor's Office of the City of St. Louis has available resources to prosecute minor marijuana offenses in an efficient and expeditious manner in City Court thereby allowing State resources to be focused on more serious crime;... [P]eople should not possess the controlled substance of marijuana, but also should not incur unreasonably harsh consequences as a result of possession of minor amounts;... [V]alid legal prescriptions for medicinal marijuana should be recognized.

Ryan says that the Circuit Attorney's Office is working with Cohn to add some clarifying language regarding the 35 grams cut off -- such that it is clear that cases involving larger amounts of marijuana would still be sent to the Circuit Attorney. And she says her staff is also recommending that the bill make clear that those with criminal history continue to be sent to the Circuit Attorney and not the lower court.

In its first few weeks under discussion, Cohn says, "The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive."

Here's the full bill.

Board Bill NO. 275

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Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook

No. The economy would suffer from people staying home on their couches. Although Cheetos sales would increase...hmm. Okay, then.

DrugsAreBadMKay
DrugsAreBadMKay

What we aren't considering, are the number of cases where the police did not report the possession because of the pain in their ass of paperwork and court appearances.  This bill will take away that pain and we will overnight have an epidemic.

I blame guns, lets take away everyone's guns!!

handsomejimmy
handsomejimmy

I am handsome jimmy and i approve of this message...

Dan Turnbaugh
Dan Turnbaugh

"You can buy a fifth of vodka, but you can't buy a joint..."

Bill Taden
Bill Taden

Well since ur asking, I will ask also. What is ur take on the way things are handled? U ask ur subscribers but we want know how RFT feels about the topic. I say it shouldn't sold at all. It should be grown and given away.

Marisela Rivas
Marisela Rivas

Eliminated. Don't you guys have a huge heroin and crack problem there? They should pat someone on the back if they're just smoking pot! Lol

Angela Poeling
Angela Poeling

As long as the user doesn't hurt anybody, it should be legal.

PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

I say it should be legal! and i'm not even a smoker of it.but i don't think the good lord would have placed this plant on earth for no reason at all.it's naturally grown!! are we judging the lord too??

Philip Nations
Philip Nations

You know, with the way this whole pot thing is shaping up, there's enough material on deck to keep every print press in business from reggae to righteous from Tuskegee to Kalamazoo until 2420

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

"In the United States, drug arrests have tripled in the last 25 years, however most of these arrests have been for simple possession of low-level drugs. In 2005, nearly 43% of all drug arrests were for marijuana offenses.  Marijuana possession arrests accounted for 79% of the growth in drug arrests in the 1990s. Nearly a half million people are in state or federal prisons or a local jail for a drug offense, compared to 41,000 in 1980. Most of these people have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity" - page 4


"With over 5 million people on probation or parole in the United States, drug use on parole or probation has become the primary basis by which thousands of people are returned to prison. These technical violations of parole or probation account for as many as 40% of new prison admissions in some jurisdictions." - page 6


PROHIBITION IS A DIRECT THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY: 


"The war on drugs has also generated indirect costs that many researchers contend have undermined public safety. The federal government has prioritized spending and grants for drug task forces and widespread drug interdiction efforts that often target low-level drug dealing. These highly organized and coordinated efforts have been very labor intensive for local law enforcement agencies with some unanticipated consequences for investigation of other crimes. The focus on drugs is believed to have redirected law enforcement resources that have resulted in more drunk driving, and decreased investigation and enforcement of violent crime laws. In Illinois, a 47% increase in drug arrests corresponded with a 22% decrease in arrests for drunk driving. Florida researchers have similarly linked the focus on low level drug arrests with an increase in the serious crime index."


–Drug Policy, Criminal Justice and Mass Imprisonment, by Bryan Stevenson

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