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A chunk of PB and Jilly Bean.

Is Missouri ready to join Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., in legalizing marijuana? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so.
The editorial board for St. Louis’ metro daily newspaper has often supported legalizing pot, especially with this region’s history of hemp agricultural production. But a week after Show-Me Cannabis filed the first round of paperwork to get the issue on the 2016 ballot, the Post-Dispatch published a piece headlined, “Editorial: Could pot legalization make Missouri’s 2016 ballot? Let’s hope so.

Danny Wicentowski.

The investigation into the death of Michael Brown has sprung a leak. Three leaks, in fact. First, the New York Times published details from the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Brown, Darren Wilson. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch then got its hands on the official autopsy. And finally the Washington Post announced that several black witnesses have given testimony that matches Wilson’s version of events.
After months of keeping a tight lid on the grand jury and civil rights investigations into Brown’s death, the leaks feel like a little more than coincidence, especially as the city braces for the potential violence if Wilson is not indicted with a charge in Brown’s death.

St. Louis decriminalized up to 35 grams of pot last summer, and the effects so far have kept cannabis users from paying huge fines and (most importantly) out of jail, according to arrests statistics pulled by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Since the law was passed, 127 people have been charged with possession under 35 grams. Fifty-seven cases haven’t reached the courts yet, but those that have are seeing suspended sentences that will be tossed out upon completion of community service or (in some cases) drug education classes. Only one person has pleaded guilty and been fined.

Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Police Sgt. Larry J. Davis is released from the federal courthouse on Thursday after being indicted on federal drug charges on Wednesday

​A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant and his brother have been indicted on federal marijuana charges after investigators said they diverted confiscated packages containing cannabis for distribution and sale.

Larry J. Davis, 46, is assigned as a supervisory sergeant for a division of the St. Louis Police Department that conducts investigations into illegal gang activities and illegal drug distribution, according to the indictment, reports KMOV.
The indictment alleges that from October 1, 2010 through January 10, 2012, Larry Davis seized packages containing suspected marijuana, and instead of taking them to the police department, unbeknownst to the package handling companies, investigators say Davis took the packages home with him to St. Louis City.
It was a pretty good scam — for awhile. You see, several years ago, St. Louis police stopped regularly checking packages for drugs at delivery services like UPS and FedEx, reports Robert Patrick at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But Larry Davis didn’t say anything; he just kept making the rounds and collecting the packages.

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It may look an awfully lot like a, well, garden-variety GARDEN to you. But to Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis County Police, it’s a dangerous DRUG LAB — the kind for which you take away people’s kids. Oh, and get big Drug War grants, too!

​A marijuana “lab“?
Really, Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch? REALLY??
“A North St. Louis County couple has been charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child after police found a marijuana growth lab in their basement,” Byers cluelessly reports Thursday.
“Todd, 43, and Angela Priest, 33… had four children between the ages of 2 and 4 living with them when St. Louis County Police found the active marijuana growth lab in their basement,” Christine gives us to believe. [Italics added.]