Missouri: Medical Marijuana Initiative Effort Reaches Signature Milestone

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 27, 2018

    Proponents of a Missouri voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use and distribution of cannabis statewide have surpassed over 200,000 signatures. Advocates must collect a total of 160,000 qualified signatures in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts by May 6, 2018 in order to qualify the measure for the 2018 electoral ballot.

    The initiative permits patients, at the discretion of a physician, to cultivate limited quantities of marijuana or to obtain cannabis and cannabis-infused products from licensed facilities.

    The group behind the effort, New Approach Missouri, includes members of both national NORML as well as its state and local affiliates.

    For more information about this initiative campaign or to become involved, click here.

    Proponents sought to place a similar effort on the 2016 ballot. That effort failed after the courts upheld the decision of St. Louis-area election authorities to reject some 2,000 signatures in the state’s second Congressional district.

    Missouri is one of several states where voters this year are anticipated to decide on cannabis-related ballot measures. In November, members of Michigan NORML and other coalition members turned in 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act for the November ballot. (Just over 252,000 valid signatures from registered voters are necessary.) Also in November, grassroots activists in South Dakota turned in over 15,000 signatures in an effort to place the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative on the ballot. (Over 13,800 valid signatures are necessary.) In Utah, advocates are well on their way to gathering the necessary quantity of signatures necessary to place The Utah Medical Cannabis Act on the 2018 ballot. In Oklahoma, voters will decide on June 26 whether or not to approve State Question 788 — a broad-based initiative that permits physicians to recommend medical cannabis to patients at their sole discretion. NORML endorsed State Question 788 in January.

    15 responses to “Missouri: Medical Marijuana Initiative Effort Reaches Signature Milestone”

    1. Julian says:

      Show Me some Medical Marijuana Legalization Missouri!!
      Great Job NORML and New Approach Missouri!
      Keep legalizing until we can smoke off the rooftop of the Moonrise Hotel in St Loui!

    2. BMac says:

      Great News! First post

    3. Mark Mitcham says:

      Keep going, because “the blue meanies” will try to invalidate as many signatures as possible!

      If you live in Missouri, now is your chance to collect signatures! By volunteering to collect signatures, you participate in your own liberation. The act of doing so is liberating in itself, as it empowers you. Try it; I promise you won’t regret it. (Plus, you get bragging rights! Cool!)

      Missouri deserves this.
      Missouri needs this.

      Ferguson. Michael Brown. Killed for being black, his murder was “justified” by police by invoking the word “marijuana.”

      Black lives matter. That is a movement, but more essentially, it is a statement of fact. It is simply true. Black lives matter.

      The militarization of police in Furguson is an American problem, everywhere. It sends us, the American citizenry, a message loud and clear: the cops are at war, and We The People are the enemy.

      The jackbooted thugs have been here for a long time now. But we’re not going to bear them by buying AR-15’s. We WILL beat them if we vote! Your country calls you! Register now! Then vote on Election Day! We need you!

      Ending marijuana prohibition will greatly reduce the harm associated with racist police, by removing a great cudgel from their hands.

      Showtime, people!

    4. Dain Bramage says:

      Do traitors against USA have second amendment rights under the Constitution?

      Traitors do prison time, sometimes they are executed. Do they have second amendment rights?

      We all heard Trump collaborate with Russia, and we didn’t need to tap any wires to do it — the freakazoid said it on national television!

      “Russia, if you’re listening… I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said in July 2016, in Doral, Florida.

      How is this not traitorous, particularly in light of Trump’s blatant, perpetual, and strictly illegal subservience and deference to Vladimir Putin?

      Do traitors to the United States of America have second amendment rights under the constitution?

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Okay, I will answer my own question.

        Fuck No!! Trump is a traitor, and traitors have no second amendment rights under the US Constitution. Take away his fucking guns, especially the nuclear ones. You know, the ones that can take out a fucking continent?

        If you are anywhere near Trump, remember — you have the highest duty that is possible to exist, a duty to tackle that monster Trump if he gets anywhere near the nuclear football.

        But we’ve got to stop him before it comes to that. Please, Mueller, cuff that fucker!!!!

    5. Matt says:

      Great work, Missouri! A strategic state for legalization!

    6. Thomas says:

      Thank you to all those who have worked so hard to bring this to the voters.

    7. Plantsshouldbefree says:

      I am all for legalization. But let it be known. You wolves in sheep clothing aka “entrenpenuers” aka profiteers who care nothing about the plant, but only are in it for profit are not welcome. I would rather have it stay illegal than put it in the hands of a money hungry group of investors looking to control the industry. NO CORPORATE WEED.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        I feel that. But rather than try to ban corporate weed, I say, let’s get control of the corporations themselves, by clamping down on them with THE LAW — serious regulations with teeth like a saber-tooth tiger! From environmental pollution, to employment discrimination, to crap products and shitty service, corporations are the villains here, I agree. But beat the big boys, not the dispensaries! Let’s keep our loyalties straight. Agreed?

      • Julian says:

        So long as, on the way to justice, we don’t allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good; let’s agree to say people are people and corporations are corporations. As my uncle in St Louis once said, “Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket.”

    8. Jacqueline Downey says:

      I am doing a research paper on why recreational marijuana shouild be legal
      I would like to prove it is less harmful than beer. Any factual info will be greatly appreciated.

    9. Medical marijuana is not just something that has gained popularity in Missouri but in many other states too.

    10. Ricky Ableidinger says:

      I am a Disabled Veteran that has suffered with Crippiling CRONIC PAIN 4 OVER 25 YEARS and have been on Opiates every day for that whole time and all together I was on over 20 Different medications Daily/ Anti-depressants and I HATE WHAT THOSE MEDICATIONS HAVE DONE TO ME. When I went to my Doctors at the V.A. to ask for help to cut myself off safely using Cannabis I was told that my Doctors could not even talk to me about the issue and that they DO NOT suggest taking myself off those meds-but I can not put my family through anymore. I am exited to hear that misssouri is going to let the VOTERS Decide finially.We as a state seem to be stuck in the 1970s and Refuse to Educate our citizens with the CURRENT FACTS. PLEASE IF U R A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE GET OUT AND VOTE PLEASE EDUCATE URSELF FIRST OR SAY NOTHING AT ALL. There are many reasons that our state should concider Legalization/Educatiopn

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