ST. LOUIS (AP) — Those caught in St. Louis with small amounts of marijuana will get a break starting next month.

Mayor Francis Slay has signed a measure that gives police the option to redistribute some marijuana cases to municipal court. Starting June 1, violators will typically be given a summons to appear in municipal court rather than handcuffed and taken to the police station.

Under the existing law, those caught with 1 to 35 grams face misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The penalty for violation of the new city ordinance is a fine of $100 to $500.

Slay spokeswoman Maggie Crane said Tuesday that the mayor signed the bill last week. Aldermen approved it last month.

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