Show-Me Cannabis Legalization

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director November 16, 2011

    Efforts are currently underway to put marijuana legalization on the ballot in Missouri next year. Missouri NORML and Show-me Cannabis Regulation are working together to acquire the number of signatures required to put a Constitutional amendment proposal before Missouri voters in November 2012. Missouri now joins several other states (including California, Washington, and Colorado) that are looking to put the issue of cannabis legalization before voters next election.

    If you live in Missouri, and want to get involved, MO NORML and Show-me Cannabis Regulation will be holding a strategy meeting this Saturday, November 19th. For more information see the message below from Dan Viets, Missouri NORML Coordinator.

    Dear Friends and Supporters of Missouri NORML:

    Missouri NORML in conjunction with Show-Me Cannabis Regulation is holding a special meeting next Saturday, November 19, 2011 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Arts & Science building at the University of Missouri here in Columbia. this event will be a kickoff for the campaign to place marijuana legalization on the Missouri ballot in November, 2012.

    We will be brainstorming ideas for how to move this campaign forward effectively and efficiently. We will be sharing ideas with our fellow activists from the state of Missouri. We will be talking with folks who have experience in similar campaigns to get their advice on how we can gather the signatures we need as quickly as possible.

    SMCR has chosen to proceed with a Constitutional amendment proposal. This means we will need to gather nearly 150,000 signatures on petitions to place this issue on the ballot before next May. We will need the help of every one of our supporters to make this happen.

    Following the meeting Saturday afternoon, we will hold a Dinner/Party/Fundraising event at one of Columbia’s finest restaurants. We ask everyone who attends to please bring something, large or small, which can be auctioned to help us raise funds for the campaign.

    Please join us and become part of this historic effort to end the terrible injustice of cannabis prohibition in Missouri. For more information about the proposed initiative, go to www.showmecannabis.org. There is a football game in Columbia next Saturday so hotel and motel rooms will be in short supply. If you plan to stay in Columbia, you should probably search for a room immediately. You may need to look at accommodations in towns nearby since the hotels here may be full.

    Dan Viets, Missouri NORML Coordinator

    You can see coverage of the proposal on Missouri’s local FOX affiliate here.

    81 responses to “Show-Me Cannabis Legalization”

    1. Mark says:

      Good luck everyone!

    2. David762 says:

      This news from Missouri NORML is fantastic, and I wish them the very best of luck And success — as Missouri goes, so goes the Mid-West.

      The State I spent the majority of my life in, Virginia, established a legal framework for medical cannabis and de-criminalization of cannabis back in the mid-1970’s, then went no farther. Social liberalism and Jeffersonian concepts of individual rights & freedoms has largely vanished from Virginia, replaced by a Right Wing Authoritarian / Fascist cabal of Neo-Liberals & Neo-Cons that represent the Military Industrial Complex. Thomas Jefferson would be turning in his grave over the prohibition of cannabis & hemp. (He also grew opium poppies, over which the DEA has been trying to rewrite history.)
      Virginia once elected a fiscally conservative socially liberal African-American Democrat as Governor — now the State is chock-full of reactionary fascists. Corporate influence over Virginia politics can be traced to this State’s quite lax Campaign Financing legislation, which preceded the US Extreme Court’s ‘Citizens United’ ruling by many decades. I finally saw the handwriting on the wall, and left Virginia.

      I offer the above revelation as an object lesson for Missouri and every other State contemplating MMJ, cannabis decriminalization, or outright re-legalization — small incremental changes (progressivism) that don’t go far enough to realize the goals established and codified into law will see those gains reversed and halted by the Monopoly Corporatist special interests. It happened in Virginia.

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    4. brian says:

      Good luck with this, but these type of backward states are gonna get a good laugh at the results. Maybe in another 40 or 50 years. Please prove me wrong.

    5. You go men !

      PS – Glad to see your getting more sponsors which means people aren’t so afraid anymore of advertising with a fine organization such as NORML .
      ( Finally there coming out of the closet )

    6. John says:

      My signature, and that of all my friends at Drury University and MSU in Springfield are onboard to sign. Just SHOW-ME the dotted line.

    7. Joel: the other Joel says:

      More states are becoming the U.S.A. and not the D.E.A.

    8. Brian N. says:

      Looking forward to signing the petition and getting out there to gather signatures. With the proper support, there is nothing holding us back.

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