JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Small-time pot users—those who use less than two ounces and who face a judge for the first time—rarely go to jail.
But a measure making its way through the Missouri Senate would ensure they don’t.
Democratic Senator Jolie Justus thinks everyone is on the same page with this legislation.
“It was a consensus document between public defenders and prosecutors who say that these are the appropriate penalties for the crimes we have on the books in the state of Missouri,” she says.
However, it would still mean fines of between $250 and $1,000.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Dixon thinks the fine would be sufficient to “get their attention.”
The measure needs a second Senate vote before moving to the House.
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