We don’t understate the potential consequences of a drug possession conviction in Missouri. The outcome – even in select cases that might reasonably be deemed minor – can be serious, even draconian. Some individuals convicted on marijuana possession charges are incarcerated, slapped with heavy fines, lose professional licenses/jobs, driving privileges and more.
If you’re a Missouri advocate of criminal law reforms who perceives it as a fully realized, can’t-be-improved piece of legislation, you’re going to be disappointed.
Missouri has long garnered the image of a state where actions speak louder than words. The state’s celebrated “Show Me” motto signifies a populace that favors the full vetting of a given concept well in advance of applying it.
Just make an informed judgment after doing the math, say St. Louis County advocates of alternative-to-incarceration strategies for select low-level criminal offenders.
Missouri voters approved legislation last autumn providing for a medical marijuana program in the state.
This study will likely resonate.
Missouri arrests involving illegal drugs routinely yield starkly adverse consequences for defendants across the state. Those outcomes are often even more severe when a weapon is involved.
Reform is in the air.
A criminal conviction obviously yields multiple downsides. A felony charge in Missouri or elsewhere often brings a stringent behind-bars penalty. Indeed, even a comparatively minor misdemeanor offense can bring a months’-long jail term.
The War on Crime. The War on Drugs. Dangerous felons. Truly violent offenders. Citizens at risk.