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.