ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The St. Louis Police Department is being sued in federal court because a police sergeant wants to keep his other job. And that other job is lobbying to de-criminalize marijuana.
Police Sergeant Gary Wiegert has been ordered by the police department to stop working part-time as a lobbyist at the state capitol in Jefferson City. The department's upset that one of Wiegert's clients is Show-Me Cannibis, a group that wants marijuana de-criminalized in Missouri.
So on Wednesday, Wiegert sued the department in federal court saying the department is violating the first and the 14th amendments.
City officials have not yet commented. Meanwhile, New Mexico’s house of representatives has approved a bill to de-criminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.