Mo House Strikes Down Attempt to Abolish Jail Time for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — An attempt to abolish jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana has failed in the Missouri House.

Missouri law currently makes possession of 35 grams of marijuana or less a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

A proposed amendment Wednesday to a criminal justice bill would have reduced that to a Class D Misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine with no jail time.

Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr ruled that the amendment failed on a voice vote.

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