St. Louis, Missouri, city lawmakers approved municipal legislation March 21 that reduces minor marijuana possession offenses to a $25 fine-only violation that does not include arrest, joining the elite group of cities who are undertaking local reforms against cannabis prohibition.
On the same day, officials in the city of South Fulton, Georgia enacted a similar decriminalization ordinance with regard to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis.
Groups such as Law Enforcement Action Partnership are supporting this trend. “Legal consequences such as barriers to employment and student loans do more harm than good when millions never have a chance to live successful and law-abiding lives after release,” said Major Franklin (Ret.), executive director of LEAP and 34-year police veteran. ”
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The St. Louis policy is already in place and took effect immediately after being signed into law by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Under its former citywide policy, potential fines amounted to as much as $500. Under the new policy, cannabis possession offenses involving up to 35 grams are classified as a municipal violation, punishable by no