Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The City Of St Louis Is Closer To Legalizing Marijuana

Legalizing Marijuana For Everyone

Those people, who live in the city of St Louis and enjoying smoking marijuana, will now have one less thing to worry about, as they will be getting a break on the amounts of marijuana that they possess at any given moment.

Alderman Shane Cohn proposed this bill towards legalizing marijuana in St Louis and it would give police officers the chance to send some of the marijuana cases that they are involved in, to the municipal court system, which would make this crime a common municipal offense. Those who are caught in possession of marijuana would only be summoned to a municipal court appearing, instead of having to be placed in the back of a police car in handcuffs. Since there are no currently local laws about marijuana in St Louis, police officers follow state laws about the herb and this is why offenders are currently charged with harsh punishments.

Cohn talked to the press about this bill and stated the following, “I think this is a good step for the city of St. Louis. It doesn’t legalize marijuana, but it gives fairness.” I certainly agree with Cohn’s point of view, as people who consume cannabis are not as dangerous or threatening to society as other things are and there are other things to worry about, besides what people do on their spare time or to try and ail a disease.

According to some sources, Cohn also believes that this will help prosecutors to focus on more serious crimes and that the bill will also help people to not have to spend as much money as they are right now, when they are sent to state court.

Right now the state law penalizes the possession of marijuana from one gram to 35 grams as a misdemeanor, which means that a person could be sent to jail for up to one year and have to pay up to $1000 in fines.  If a person is caught two times with marijuana or with more than 35 grams of this herb, this would be considered a felony and this is punishable by more time in jail and more expensive fines.

The new bill would charge only $100 to $500 in fines and the person could end up spending 90 days in jail. Police officers would also be able to determine what small amounts are and they would tolerate it more, as long as the person is not smoking or consuming the herb in public.

Legalizing Marijuana Is Tough, But It Can Be Done

Marijuana’s acceptance is spreading worldwide and even if the city of St Louis might still penalized some of the people who are caught with small amounts of cannabis, there is no doubt that we are closer to legalizing marijuana than ever. Other states in the US have passed similar bills to this one and we cannot forget Colorado or Washington, were the new regulations now accept marijuana statewide.

According to the St Louis Today newspaper and other sources, President Barack Obama has also called upon federal authorities to stop considering marijuana in these states one of their priorities.

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