Democrats in the state Capitol want softer penalties for pot possession, but they have to get past the Republicans first.
Wrap: Democrat Rory Ellinger of University City is sponsoring a house bill that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession. The measure would make it so that people who possess a small amount would only pay a fine.
Democrat Chris Kelly of Columbia says small non-violent crimes shouldn't be a stain on someone's record.
|Description: "At some point,society got to let people up and let them go back to being productive citizens."|
But, Republicans are opposed to the idea. They say softening penalties for pot could make people do dangerous things while under the influence.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.
While Democrats in the state Capitol are pushing for softer penalties for pot possession, Republicans have signaled their opposition.
Wrap: Two Democratic lawmakers are pushing a House bill that would make it so that people who possess a small amount of marijuana would only be fine rather than face jail time.
But some conservatives are pushing back on the idea. Republican Robert Cornejo of St.Peters says safety should be taken into consideration.
|Description: "Sometimes when people are under the influence of cannabis and other marijuana, sometimes they do stuff that is harmful to society."|
The bill's supporters say past offenses shouldn't haunt someone with a non-violent offense.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson
A Democratic proposal to soften penalties for pot possession is moving through the Missouri legislature.
Wrap: Democrat Rory Ellinger of University City is sponsoring a House bill that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession. The measure would make it so that people who possess a small amount would only pay a fine.
Dan Viets, a lawyer from Columbia says past offenses shouldn't follow someone for the rest of their life.
|Description: "Non-violent crimes like marijuana and paraphernalia possession shouldn't haunt a person for the rest of his or her life. Right now,that's what it does and especially with the advent of the Internet and the case dot net database."|