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Best Thing to Happen to St. Louis This Year St. Louis 2013 - Marijuana Decriminalization

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It has become increasingly accepted wisdom that incarcerating people for possession of small amounts of marijuana is a waste of police resources and taxpayer money. This spring the board of aldermen did a very smart thing and overwhelmingly passed a marijuana-decriminalization ordinance for the city of St. Louis. Now possession of 35 grams or fewer of pot is a ticketable offense as opposed to a criminal misdemeanor. The fines still suck — $100 to $500 — but the ordinance will keep many nonviolent offenders out of jail and out of the criminal-justice system. In a city as racially and socioeconomically stratified as ours, it is heartening to see city leaders adopt this kind of forward-thinking, progressive law-enforcement philosophy. Here's hoping the change in the law can break the cycle of incarceration and poverty for at least some of our citizens.

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HCoil
HCoil

@showmecannabis neato. So how much pot is 35 grams? A lot? A little? How high would that make you on a scale of 1 to cheeseburger?

showmecannabis
showmecannabis

@HCoil It's a fair amount for personal use. Certainly more than someone would use in a night, but also less than anyone selling would have.

tri_x_ter
tri_x_ter

@HCoil, that is one and a quarter ounces of cannabis. For those without consistent access to cannabis or those who only consume a little at a time that is a lot of cannabis.  For those with consistent access to cannabis or those who consume a lot at a time that is a little bit of cannabis. The level of high depends on the quality of cannabis and the quantity consumed, which means that one can reach a level of high rated from “1” all the way up to “Cheeseburger” and will have plenty to spare. Unless they bought hemp, then all they get is a headache. 

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