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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A St. Louis Police Sgt., lobbying for lighter penalties for marijuana possession, is now headed to court to try and get a gag order against him lifted.

Sgt. Gary Wiegert is a part time lobbyist for the group “Show Me Cannabis.

His attorney is Al Watkins: “It is not the police department’s job, role or under any circumstances do they have the authority to dictate what he’s lobbying for.” said Watkins.

The Police Department put a gag order on Sgt. Wiegert and attorney Watkins will seek an injunction against the department.

“There is no reason for anyone in the heartland of America to sit down and roll over when their constitutional rights have been impeded.”

Police Chief Sam Dotson has issued a statement saying Sgt. Wiegert’s comments are not what is expected of our officers.

Watkins says the department is not only violating free speech rights but also it’s own policy, which permits lobbying.

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