St. Louis Board of Aldermen Sends Cannabis Decriminalization Measure to Mayor’s Desk

Mayor Tishaura Jones is expected to sign Board Bill 132, which would nullify the city’s existing laws that criminalize small amounts of cannabis.

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Sends Cannabis Decriminalization Measure to Mayor’s Desk

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has approved a cannabis decriminalization measure, sending it to Mayor Tishaura Jones for her signature.

Jones is expected to sign Board Bill 132, which would nullify the city’s existing laws that criminalize small amounts of cannabis, according to a KSDK.com report.

“Today, the [St. Louis Board of Aldermen] passed BB 132, which will repeal unjust marijuana laws while making St. Louis safer and more competitive,” Jones tweeted. “I look forward to signing this critical legislation, and I appreciate its cosponsors—especially [Ward 24]—for their work.”

"It has the buy-in from the public safety director,” Ward 24 Alderman Bret Narayan, the bill’s sponsor, told KSDK.com. “It has the buy-in from the director of personnel. We have talked to basically every stakeholder along the way.”

At the state level, two groups, Fair Access Missouri and Legal Missouri 2022, are working to place competing adult-use legalization initiatives on Missouri’s November 2022 ballot.