LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mo. — A new Missouri Hemp law is changing the way the Livingston County Prosecutor is handling marijuana charges.

According to a press release, Adam L. Warren announced immediate refusal to prosecute misdemeanor marijuana possession and plans to dismiss all pending cases regarding the same offense. Senate Bill 133 goes into effect Aug. 28 and gives a new definition for publicly marketable hemp, which includes sees, stems, roots, leaf or floral material that contains no more than .03 % of THC.

“This new policy reflects the new definition of hemp in Missouri Statutes,” said Warren.

Warren is also requesting the Chillicothe City Council to ban hemp and marijuana from schools, parks and other public spaces. He is also finalizing a no-refusal policy to offset and upticks in impaired driving cases. The policy will require a blood sample to be sought in all suspected driving while drug-impaired cases, even if consent is denied and a search warrant is required.