Last month, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly approved a measure to reform local marijuana laws so that minor possession cases will be handled as fines in city court and not misdemeanor charges in state court.
Mayor Francis Slay officially signed the bill into law last week, his spoke ... More >>
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has officially passed a local marijuana reform bill that aims to save police resources and reduce punishments for the most minor possession offenses.
"This is a good, practical move for the city of St. Louis to alleviate police and prosecutorial resources on minor d ... More >>
As we've reported, St. Louis Police Sergeant Gary Wiegert is suing the department, alleging that officials have tried to suppress his free-speech by blocking his pro-marijuana reform lobbying. He is in favor of reducing the punishment in cases of low-level possession offenses as a way to save law en ... More >>
An effort to save law enforcement resources by reducing the punishment for low-level marijuana offenses in St. Louis has received renewed attention this month -- with a metro police sergeant actively lobbying for the cause, much to the displeasure of his higher-ups.
The free-speech lawsuit this fi ... More >>
Francis Slay, the mayor of St. Louis, is opposed to legalizing marijuana, as two states did in the last election.
Not that anyone is asking him.
In response to a question from Daily RFT about the proposal at the Board of Aldermen to reduce the punishment for possession of small amounts of pot, S ... More >>
Government resources are wasted on overly harsh prosecutions for those caught with small amounts of marijuana -- such that the system can be unfair to those charged and unnecessarily drains law enforcement resources. This is the thinking behind Alderman Shane Cohn's proposal to lower the consequence ... More >>
One of the more contentious proposals making headlines this month at the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen is an initiative to decriminalize marijuana in the city -- by pushing law enforcement agencies to avoid harsh prosecutions of those caught with small amounts of pot.
Some new amendments are ex ... More >>
Will O'Fallon Park speed bumps replace the Saucer on South Grand as St. Louis' top cause?Earlier this weeks the African American Aldermanic Caucus released a statement rebuking Mayor Francis Slay for vetoing a bill that would allow speed bumps in O'Fallon Park, echoing comments recently made ... More >>
Shane Cohn: "Certainly the war on drugs has not been the most successful thing in world."Turns out 56 percent of Daily RFT readers were right: Shane Cohn is the St. Louis alderman considering marijuana decriminalization in St. Louis. Well, sort of.Last week Mayor Slay's website featured several " ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergIs Ken Ortmann the reefer reformer or are we just blowing smoke?Earlier this morning we posted the news (via Mayor Slay's website) that a member of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is considering a measure that would decriminalize marijuana in St. Louis, meaning that poss ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edkohler/ / CC BY 2.0Under current Ordinance 67600, St. Louis City can shut down your stash house, den of prostitution or other shady locale by declaring it a "nuisance property." You'll get a notification, and if you don't clean up the monkey business, you could get ... More >>
One supporter of Jeff Smith compared him to a Kennedy.Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, Build-A-Bear CEO Maxine Clark and an ex-girlfriend are among the hundreds of people who wrote to a federal judge asking for leniency in the sentencing for former state senator Jeff Smith. The letters, along with some ... More >>
Updated 12:12 p.m. Debate today was canceled last minute as the bill was placed on the board's informal calendar. Bill is now schedule for discussion at next Friday's meeting.The citywide smoking ban floated by Ward 28 Alderwoman Lyda Krewson goes to the floor of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen toda ... More >>
Last week when I wrote about Mayor Slay's Twitter account I mentioned that there were only four members of the board of Aldermen who use Twitter. But a commenter named Colleen was kind enough to point out that Shane Cohn Alderman from the 25th ward also tweets under @shanecohn. Shane Cohn himse ... More >>