St. Louis marijuana decriminalization laws start June 1


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Last month, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly approved a measure to reform local marijuana laws so that minor possession cases will be handled as fines in city court and not misdemeanor charges in state court. Mayor Francis Slay officially signed the bill into law last week, which means the new ordinance will go into effect June 1.
The Riverfront Times recently got a chance to ask St. Louis Metro Police Chief Sam Dotson for his perspective on the new law, which supporters say will encourage law enforcement officials to use resources more efficiently.