Mayor of St. Louis signs bill to decriminalize marijuana possession and growing

Written by on 15 December, 2021

St. Louis (United States) Mayor Tishaura Jones on Monday signed a bill decriminalizing the possession and marijuana growing for adults.

The signing of the ordinance in St. Louis comes weeks after the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the legislative proposal.

“Adults 21 and older would be able to possess up to two ounces of marijuana without facing the civil penalty currently in place,” Marijuana Moment reviewed. The initiative would make it so that “no resources would be expended” to punish adults for growing up to six flowering plants.

In addition, the measure states that the odor or presence of marijuana can no longer be the only probable cause for search and arrest.

It should be noted that this measure only affects local policy and does not change Missouri state laws that continue to disallow recreational cannabis use.

“We are seeing a major shift in how our country views not only marijuana, but how it connects to public safety, incarceration, and economic opportunity in our communities,” said Mayor Tishaura Jones at a signing ceremony.

“This law will help reduce racial disparities in our policing, make our city safer, and make St. Louis more competitive in hiring for city jobs,” the mayor also noted.

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