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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sgt. Gary Wiegert Tries Again To Lobby For Marijuana Reforms; Will St. Louis PD Allow It?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

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Watkins says that if the department rejects his request it is a violation of his First Amendment rights. But if it accepts the request, it is contradicting previous rejections.

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While Wiegert is eager to lobby as he has originally planned, Watkins says, the continued pushback from SLMPD only helps to advance the cause -- by bringing more attention to pot reform.

In a very colorful written statement, Watkins writes:

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has done more to advance the lobbying cause of Show-Me Cannabis than a big bag of Hawaiian bud thrown in the middle of a late night Taco Bell party. Maybe the powers that be at the Department should go out back and burn one during a break, it would certainly be time better spent than objecting to a lobbying cause already embraced by City lawmakers.

He adds to Daily RFT, "It brings attention to the very thing they are seeking to suppress."

Here's the court order followed by a copy of Wiegert's new application to SLMPD.

U.S. District Court - Memo And Order

Sgt. Gary Wiegert, June 7 Request

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