Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Marijuana: St. Louis Circuit Attorney Open to Reform Policy for Minor Offenses

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

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In other words, even if the office prosecutes fewer cases, as the bill specifies, it makes no tangible difference in saving circuit-attorney resources. The increased efficiency, however, could come from police officers bringing cases to the lower court as opposed to spending time processing the offense with the circuity attorney (a direct argument of the St. Louis police sergeant lobbyist).

Police officials declined to comment on the bill last week in the context of the free-speech debate.

Cohn tells Daily RFT that he hopes his bill would better appropriate police resources.

"Attorneys are going to be in court one way or another," he says. "It impacts the time of the officers.... It will provide some relief."

Alderman Shane Cohn - VIA TWITTER

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly voted in favor of a latest version of his bill that was brought forward just before the spring legislative session, Cohn says. He hopes that the proposal will formally passe when the board resumes on April 15.

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