Pot Possession Could Become a Less-Serious Offense in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) -  The City of St. Louis is one step away from reducing penalties for having a little bit of pot.

Before anyone can celebrate, Mayor Francis Slay has to sign the bill into law. But his press secretary tells the Riverfront Times he probably will.

Alderman Shane Cohn sponsored the bill. He says that current state law makes having even a small amount of marijuana a criminal act and that is tying up police officers and courts which could be focusing on more serious crimes like murder and robbery.

This new law would make a minor possession something like a traffic violation with a fine of only about $100.

The Riverfront Times reports the bill flew through the Board of Aldermen Monday with a 22 to 3 vote.