Mini Poll: In the Weeds
If you care about that sort of thing, you probably already know that the state of Colorado has legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana – and that the state of Wyoming is annoyed about it.
Right now, under Missouri law, first offenders caught with a small amount of marijuana may be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine. A second offense with a larger amount of marijuana is considered a felony, which carries stiffer punishment. But, whether or not a Missouri offender is tried under state law depends where you are.
Columbia has regarded possession of small amounts of marijuana as a municipal violation for a decade. Possession of small amounts of marijuana is not legal in the City of St. Louis, but it is less of a big deal. Since June 2013, people caught with small amounts of marijuana in the City found their cases referred to the municipal court system rather than the harsher circuit courts. Violators were more likely to be handed a summons to appear in municipal court, rather than being handcuffed and transported to jail.
This week’s Mini-Poll asks you tell us if you think Missouri ought to follow Colorado — or not.