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Marijuana: St. Louis Aldermen Pass Reform Bill, Mayor Francis Slay Likely to Sign it into Law

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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has officially passed a local marijuana reform bill that aims to save police resources and reduce punishments for the most minor possession offenses.

"This is a good, practical move for the city of St. Louis to alleviate police and prosecutorial resources on minor drug offenses," Alderman Shane Cohn, the bill's sponsor, tells Daily RFT. "Hopefully, we'll be able to continue this dialogue into the future."

The bill now heads to the desk of Mayor Francis Slay, who was recently reelected for a fourth term and has his formal inauguration today.

Will Slay sign the legislation into law?

After a review, it is likely that he will, Slay spokeswoman Maggie Crane tells Daily RFT.

"He is sympathetic to the reasons behind the bill, and if all is legal and right...he'll sign it," Crane says.

She says the main goal, from the mayor's perspective, is reducing court capacity through this proposal. She adds that the mayor's office has to review the final language and ensure that it is legal and accomplishes its intent.

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Alderman Shane Cohn.

The bill passed with a 22-3 vote.

As we've outlined before, Cohn's bill encourages police officers to bring the most minor offenses to the lower municipal court where they are treated like traffic offenses as opposed to the Circuity Attorney's Office where they require a lengthy process for police and prosecutors.

The proposal in no way is a legalization effort, which would have to happen at the state level.

And besides, Slay has said he does not support legalization.

The vote, however, does come just two days after advocates held a cannabis conference in St. Louis, where speakers expressed their support for a full end to marijuana prohibition.

If the mayor approves Cohn's proposal, the new city law would go into effect on June 1.

See also:
- St. Louis Cannabis Conference: Pro-Legalization Cop Says "The Public is Waking Up"
- 106.5 The Arch Refuses to Air Pot Reform Ad, Says Topic is Too Controversial
- Shane Cohn Says Police Sergeant's Pro-Reform Lobbying is a Conflict of Interest

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James Harper
James Harper

Read the article and I agree it's a start. Good Job, maybe the state can get on board as a whole??

James Harper
James Harper

Memorial Day weekend, Warsaw at Gma Judys cabin. Doing a dinner. Call me sometime and we can talk. Miss and love ya!!!

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

Pretty sure they just used any pic they could for the post but YES i totally agree & it's JMO as well

James Harper
James Harper

Looks like its junk though. lol...seriously, why dont our government realize that this is as dumb as prohibition on alcohol. JMO

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

Hell no!!! Even if you use socially, it's WAY better for ya than any other drug including alcohol. So like like like all ya wanna cuz!

James Harper
James Harper

Is it wrong that I hit like as soon as I saw the picture? Didnt even read the article.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

At least it's something. A step in the right direction anyway. Maybe now prisons will have enough room for, oh, I dunno, murderers, kiddie molesters & rapists. 

Matt Galati
Matt Galati

No. I think it should be completely legal.

Joshua Lewis
Joshua Lewis

Cops are already pretty cool about it. One of the only places I've known where you can walk down the street smoking a splif and the police leave you alone. They're smart and know pot isn't worth the effort. Keep up the great work stl!

Daniel Sexauer
Daniel Sexauer

John, that's always been the law. Nothing has changed with that as far as I know

Lauren M Brace
Lauren M Brace

Yes! The city cops who are trying to keep our streets safe have bigger fish to fry than minor pot possession. Wouldn't you rather them be fighting real crime than filling out possession paperwork because (before this) Missouri has some of the strictest laws pertaining to possession in the country. Our jails are over crowded enough as is!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

this is the same// law people are just wasting time I guess canada will be producing hemp toilet paper or is that kentucky?

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

How about that's an incredibly retarded idea, you're clearly missing the point

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

How about a DUI for driving under the influence of weed as well as the ticket for possession?

PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

nothing wrong with making them do community services if ticket isn't paid.

PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

id rather see someone pay a ticket other than arresting them,placing them in jail at the expense of tax payers.the cost is much greater for us than them! jails need to be open for the real freaks!! and not over populated with minor arrest.

Joey Sharpe
Joey Sharpe

Getting a start on this St. Louis! Keep it going!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Lets build our economy by building more churches...HA the midwest is such a joke

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Is it still a life sentence for growing a weed in MISERY? Yes...This is such a waste it always was a misdemeanor for under 32 grams ..Politicians wasting alot of time in missouri we could be already using hemp for ethanol

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

this is the same law why does it need passed? They shouldnt be arresting people for misdeamenors anyway...Maybe now they can po;lice and house real criminals O i forgot STLPD is extremely lazy also maybe they are all stoned too

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

While I agree with Heather, I appreciate this start. This is a movement to decriminalize marijuana.

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

Yes, I agree. Minor violations of marijuana should have never been against the law in the first place. Not to mention the medicinal purposes that it serves. Driving w/alcohol and/or causing a scene in public because of it should be a federal offense! Alcohol, in my opinion, is far worse than any pot smoker I've ever witnessed.

Heather Coil
Heather Coil

No I think it should be legal for all adults with no fine at all, but this is a start!

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

@James Harper I wish! Will take another 200 years to work it's way out to the county LOL

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