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Aldermen Speak Out Against New Pot Prosecution Policy

June 18, 2018 - 9:24 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Some members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are speaking out after the Circuit Attorney announced she'll no longer prosecute some people caught with as much as just less than 100 grams of marijuana. Alderman Joe Vaccaro says that's not right.

“The issue still comes down to what the law is; she can’t choose to ignore a law. She can work to change a law, but her job is to prosecute,” he says.

Alderwoman Megan Green has pushed for more lenient laws on marijuana.

“What we’ve seen in every city, every state that marijuana has become legalized or prosecutors have stopped prosecuting these types of cases, there’s been no change in crime levels, so you cannot make that correlation,” she says.  

Green hopes the board can eventually codify the prosecutor's new policy into law, so it won't be changed back if there's a new Circuit Attorney.