A St. Louis-area State House member is proposing legislation that would lessen penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Missouri, and would allow for some misdemeanor criminal records to be expunged.
A St. Louis alderman wants the city to reduce the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Alderman Shane Cohn plans to introduce a bill Friday that would allow St. Louis police to send people with a small amount of marijuana to municipal court. Currently, marijuana offenders are charged under state laws.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the municipal violation would bring a fine of $100 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. The proposal also would exempt anyone from another state who has a prescription for medical marijuana.
More people are moving out of St. Louis County than moving in – and they’re taking money with them.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites Internal Revenue Service figures that show those who left the county between 2001 and 2010 earned on average $8,000 more than those who moved in. And about 52,000 more people left the county than moved in.
A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petition gatherers in St. Charles over the weekend. The volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.
Dave Roland, an attorney representing the two, says no ordinance was violated because collecting signatures is a First Amendment right.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there are now 30 confirmed cases of E. coli in the St. Louis area, and officials continue looking for the source. Health officials have tested 55 food samples connected to the St. Louis outbreak, but zero have been confirmed to have E. coli.
The first cases were reported late last month in St. Louis city and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois.
The 21-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been cited for marijuana possession.
KRCG-TV reports that Willson Nixon was cited early Saturday for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana after police were called to investigate complaints of a loud party at a Columbia apartment complex.
An organization called Show-Me Cannabis wants to ask Missourians to vote on the legalization and medical regulation of marijuana.
Under the proposal, pot use, possession and small-scale growing would be decriminalized for Missourians who are 21 or older. The state would also be required to issue retail licenses to sell the drug and oversee a medical marijuana program.
Campaign Director Amber Langston said it’s important to at least have a discussion about the benefits of marijuana.