NFL player charged with intoxication manslaughter in death of St. Louisan Jerry Brown Jr. now faces marijuana charge.
Chris Perez of the Cleveland Indians and wife allegedly had a third of a pound of marijuana shipped to their home.
The new law was sponsored by Alderman Shane Cohn who was leaving for California Friday to run in a marathon and says he thinks pot smoking is a bad health decision.
A local ordinance that in some cases treats marijuana possession as a minor municipal violation isn’t being followed by Boone County sheriff’s deputies who have stepped up patrols within Columbia’s city limits, an attorney says.
The council defeated a proposal to limit penalties for possession of the drug and declined to place an alternative proposal on the ballot.
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.