City to end pros­e­cu­tion of low-level pot crimes

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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.”

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