St. Louis to end pros­e­cu­tion of low-level mar­i­juana crimes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis pros­e­cu­tors will no longer pur­sue charges for most low-level mar­i­juana of­fenses, join­ing some other cities that have opted to re­di­rect re­sources to­ward more se­ri­ous crimes.

Cir­cuit At­tor­ney Kim Gard­ner said Wed­nes­day that her of­fice will re­view more than 1,200 pend­ing cases in which sus­pects are ac­cused of pos­sess­ing un­der 100 grams of mar­i­juana. She says most will be dis­missed, ex­cept those with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

Gard­ner said the glut of mar­i­juana cases ham­pers the abil­ity to pros­e­cute more se­ri­ous crimes.

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