In an email sent to her staff Tuesday afternoon, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said her office would no longer pursue some cases for possession of marijuana under 100 grams.
“Today, after reviewing our data relating to drug possession cases, I have determined that these cases are hampering our ability to administer justice for the people of the city of St. Louis,” the email reads.
Gardner said that effective immediately, her chief warrant officer and team leaders would review every possession of marijuana case under 100 grams. If there are no “aggravating circumstances” surrounding the case or the offender, the case will be dismissed, she said.
Gardner said in her email that she would review other low-level drug possession cases and drug paraphernalia cases when the offender has little or no prior criminal history, and then determine if the each case will be dismissed or put in a diversion program.
“Effective immediately we will no longer issue possession of marijuana cases under 100 grams as the lead charge!” Gardner concluded in her email.
Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, said he was alarmed at Gardner’s directive to her staff, adding that 100 grams of marijuana is an amount typically possessed not by casual users,