DANNY WICENTOWSKI Advocates had hoped for full legalization in St. Louis, but came up short.
Good news for stoners: St. Louis has officially lowered the fine issued for small amounts of marijuana possession to just $25. In short, getting caught with pot in the city is now cheaper than an order of roasted chicken at Brasserie.
The new amount is a decrease from the $100-to-$500 fee set by the city in 2013, when the Board of Aldermen made possession of fewer than 35 grams a municipal violation to be handled in city courts, not at the circuit court level.
Passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Aldermen, the 2018 bill was sponsored by aldermanic president Lewis Reed. Mayor Lyda Krewson signed it into law on February 2; Reed’s staff says it then became effectively immediately.
But while getting busted for toking in St. Louis just got a wee bit cheaper, it continues to carry consequences. A bill being pushed by Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green that would have fully decriminalized marijuana — and barred the circuit attorney from prosecuting possession cases — stalled out at the Board of Alderman. As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday, it no longer has a chance of becoming law this session.
Green’s more ambitious bill drew spirited discussion at the board, but ultimately failed to make its way