St. Louis County's new Prosecutor: We will no longer prosecute the possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/maven-user-photos/theweedblog/advocacy/EY5AJpd_ekqbEzUORq8dTw/KeKN2LWQIUe-chC_oxviBg Wesley Bell was sworn into office as St. Louis County’s first black prosecutor just after midnight on New Year’s Day, and by the end of his second day on the job, he had ordered a sweeping overhaul of many of the office’s policies. Effective immediately, he wrote in a detailed interim memo, his office would no longer prosecute the possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana. Prosecutors would end cash bail requests for misdemeanor cases, and they would issue summonses, rather than warrants, for all misdemeanors and class D and E felonies. They would no longer criminally prosecute the failure to pay child support. They would not overcharge defendants to pressure them into pleas, nor would they threaten witnesses to force them to participate in prosecutions. They would not impose further conditions on those failing to appear in court unless they were flight risks, and they would disclose the entirety of their files to defense counsel. Learn more here...

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