The city council in St. Louis, Missouri has decriminalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana in a unanimous vote yesterday.
The proposal, introduced by Alderman Bret Narayan (that’s what St. Louis calls a member of a county council) was voted in favor 23-0. This doesn’t change Missouri’s state law that forbids marijuana, but it’s a step in that direction.
St. Louis’ marijuana laws are outdated, unfair, and discriminatory. In the past 3 years, 591 people were arrested in our city for marijuana-related charges – of those individuals, 82 percent were Black.
Let me be clear – locking people up for marijuana does NOT make us safer.
— Mayor Tishaura O. Jones (@saintlouismayor) November 21, 2021
Possessing over 2 ounces of cannabis is still a criminal offense.
St. Louis follows in the footsteps of Kansas City, which decriminalized marijuana one year ago.
Read the original story at Marijuana Moment.