Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office Will Dismiss Certain Minor Drug Cases

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office Will Dismiss Certain Minor Drug Cases

Article excerpt

In an email sent to her staff Tuesday afternoon, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said her office would no longer pursue some cases for possession of marijuana under 100 grams.

"Today, after reviewing our data relating to drug possession cases, I have determined that these cases are hampering our ability to administer justice for the people of the city of St. Louis," the email reads.

Gardner said that effective immediately, her chief warrant officer and team leaders would review every possession of marijuana case under 100 grams. If there are no "aggravating circumstances" surrounding the case or the offender, the case will be dismissed, she said.

Gardner said in her email that she would review other low-level drug possession cases and drug paraphernalia cases when the offender has little or no prior criminal history, and then determine if the case will be dismissed or put in a diversion program. …

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