The 35-21 Senate vote was much less narrow than a 61-57 vote in the Illinois House last month.
Those caught in St. Louis with small amounts of marijuana will get a break starting next month.
Nearly 250 physicians are calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with serious illnesses.
The measure had the support of the law enforcement and the St. Louis prosecutor’s office.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Jackson County, lessens the penalties assigned to non-violent criminals.
23-year-old Kyle Garvey is charged in Madison County with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver it.
Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.
Adelyn and Robert Harte whose Kansas City home was unsuccessfully searched claim they were targeted, because they bought growing supplies.
A new survey commissioned by a pro-Marijuana group claims a majority of Missourians favor legalization.
A St. Louis police sergeant has filed legal action against the department, claiming its refusal to allow him to work a secondary job as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana group violates his right to free speech.
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