Francis Slay On Pot Prosecution: "I'm Not For Legalizing Marijuana. It Sends A Bad Message."

At the end of our chat, he does, however, repeat his opening argument.

"At this point, I am not for legalizing marijuana in the City of St. Louis and I do think that the general objective behind this is one that ought to be considered...which is to get the less serious offenders from having to go to jail and keeping jails open for people that are serious offenders," Slay says.

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Francis Slay talking to reporters after a mayoral debate.

The proposal still needs to pass the Board of Aldermen -- after unanimously making it out of committee last week.

Meanwhile, at the Capitol, lawmakers this week have introduced a statewide decriminalization bill, similar to Cohn's measure.

Here's the version of Cohn's bill that passed last week.

Board Bill 275

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