Friday, March 15, 2013

Fulltime Cop, Parttime Marijuana Lobbyist

Sgt. Gary Wiegert is a three-decade veteran of the St. Louis Police Department, but he got in trouble recently when he started doing some lobbying for Show-Me Cannabis, a group that advocates for lighter punishment for people caught with marijuana. The cop hierarchy didn't like that, so they told Wiegert to knock it off, but since he was doing it on his own time -- and they had approved his working as a lobbyist -- he's fighting back. Unfortunately, he's under a gag order, but attorney Albert Watkins isn't, so he joined me on KTRS to explain his client's side of the disagreement and why he doesn't think the police department as the right to silence Wiegert.

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