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Missouri: Marijuana Medicalization Effort Reaches Signature Milestone

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 31, 2017

    namlogoblueProponents of a Missouri voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use and distribution of cannabis statewide have gathered over 50,000 signatures over the past several weeks. Advocates must collect a total of 160,000 signatures by May 6, 2018 in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts 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. To date, the signature gathering effort has largely consisted of volunteers.

    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.

    Marijuana law reform advocates are also presently gathering signatures for voter-initiated efforts in Michigan and Utah. A statewide initiative legalizing the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma has already qualified for the 2018 electoral ballot.

    3 Responses to “Missouri: Marijuana Medicalization Effort Reaches Signature Milestone”

    1. Julian says:

      Show me your reputable notaries Missouri! I wanna go to the Moonrise hotel in St Louis with the path of totality right over the rooftop bar and get stoned! (Well, the lunar eclipse is next month and the results of this petition wont be in till next year, but who needs an eclipse to get stoned on a rooftop bar?)

    2. Mark Mitcham says:

      Legal Medical Marijuana in Missouri will be a great moral victory on many levels.

      First, for the patients it will serve medically and protect legally. Freedom demands whole-plant legalization, but dispensaries can also provide products specific to the patients’ needs, because for many patients, “grow your own” is not feasible. This will improve many patients’ lives in dramatic fashion.

      Second, legalization will be a moral victory as a result of the weaponry against the citizens which will then be denied to law enforcement. As events in Ferguson have taught us, police abuse of power is rampant there. Legalizing marijuana will, to some extent, remove a cudgel from the hands of law enforcement, and that’s a good thing.

    3. TheOracle says:

      The Show Me State definitely deserves legal medical marijuana. There is no good reason why patients who could benefit from marijuana should continue to have go without their medicine or take their chances with street weed, bringing it in from out of state and all the different ways the criminal justice system is skewed against them.

      One a different note, I’m surprised no one has corrected the misspelling of Pennsylvania in the previously posted article.

      Regarding President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Chris Christie and everybody so far that I’ve read about have not mentioned marijuana, yet we know the feds visited Colorado, and held closed-door meetings about cannabis.

      The other shoe of this report is going to drop, and I am hoping that it recommends, like it or not, that either the feds legalize cannabis or the feds in essence get out of the way of the states and allow legal cannabis banking and tax deductions for the cannabis industry. In either case, I am hoping that the U.S. withdraws from all international agreements prohibiting cannabis legalization. Trump’s administration may make necessary adjustments in the provisions of the U.S. being a party to them, and then rejoin. Bolivia did that for coca leaves, so it is possible.

      https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/January/bolivia-to-re-accede-to-un-drug-convention-while-making-exception-on-coca-leaf-chewing.html

      https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/07/trumps-opioid-commission-reveals-initial-findings-ignores-marijuana/

      http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/08/01/jeff-sessions-war-on-drugs-marijuana/84996/

      http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/07/20/sessions-marijuana-enforcement-colorado-meetings/84164/

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