City to end prosecution of low-level pot crimes
ST. LOUIS | St. Louis prosecutors will no longer pursue charges for most lowlevel marijuana offenses, joining their counterparts in some other cities who have opted to redirect their 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 less than 100 grams of marijuana.
She said most will be dismissed, except those with aggravating circumstances.
Ms. Gardner, a Democrat elected in 2016, said lower-level marijuana crimes make up about 20 percent of the prosecution docket in a city where the murder rate is among the highest in the nation.
“This frees up our resources to focus on those more serious cases,” Ms. Gardner told The Associated Press. “I think that we need to address how we better utilize our resources.”