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.
The Missouri Senate endorsed legislation Monday to overhaul the state’s criminal laws for the first time since 1979 and create new punishment ranges for felony and misdemeanor crimes.
The measure would exempt the Doe Run Resources Corp. from punitive damages if the court determines the company is making a “good faith” effort to clean up the contaminated sites.
The measure (HB210) is the product of a Missouri Bar committee charged with updating the criminal code for the first time since 1979.
The measure would decrease both corporate and personal income tax rates in phases over the next 10 years.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Jackson County, lessens the penalties assigned to non-violent criminals.
The measure, which was sent to the House by a 24-9 Senate vote, was touted by its sponsor as a way to protect the rights of business owners.
“I’m to the point where I think we’re going to get this to as good of a place as we can,” Democrat Jolie Justus said, calling an end to the filibuster.
The proposed overhaul of the state’s criminal laws runs to nearly 600 pages. It would mark the first major update of the Missouri Criminal Code since 1979.
“I am not drawn anywhere. I am in nowhere land,” Senator Jane Cunningham said.