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Proposals Seek to Legalize Marijuana in Missouri

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Is Missouri going to pot?
Missourians could get to vote on whether to legalize marijuana if two recently filed initiatives get enough signatures to land on the November 2012 ballot.

On Monday the Missouri Secretary of State's Office approved the wording for the petitions that would legalize the purchase and possession of cannabis for anyone over 21, allow for the use of medical marijuana for anyone regardless of age and allow the legal sale of the drug. The initiative would also free anyone currently serving a prison sentence for a crime solely having to do with marijuana and expunge marijuana offenses from anyone's criminal record.

Marijuana would be taxed at $100 per pound under the initiatives, which could provide millions of dollars for the cash-strapped state. The two initiatives are identical in language, with one changing the Missouri Constitution and the other changing state laws regarding the drug.

Columbia attorney Dan Viets, a lawyer for NORML, filed the paperwork for the initiatives. Viets made news last year serving as legal counsel for St. Louis concert promoter Jimmy Tebeau, who the feds accuse of allowing drugs sales on his rural Missouri farm that doubled as a music venue.  

But getting an initiative approved for signature gathering and actually delivering the required John Hancocks is two different things. Viets and his supporters have their work cut out for them, with just six months to get signatures from registered voters equal to eight percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election and from six of the state's nine congressional districts.

And even if the initiative lands on the ballot and voters approve the measure, the federal government still considers marijuana a controlled substance. It's doubtful Uncle Sam would allow Missouri to become the first state in the nation to openly allow the sale and use of marijuana for non-medical reasons.

Still, we applaud Viets' gumption and look forward to signing the dotted line should his signature-gatherers knock on our door.

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IndianRick43530
IndianRick43530

the feds will never let it be legalised,they make to much money from it. the police and dea would have thier budgets slashed,the cops wouldnt be able to make such easy arrests,they would have to really work,

The garden man
The garden man

I would be very very willing to sing this potion with great pleasure, first because marijuana is not as harmfully as most of the things that are legal, cigarettes cause cancer, alcohol leads to liver and kidney failure, plus I'm always hearing about a drunken driver wreck that kills someone I not multiple people and if you think about it an do some reaserch I highly doubt that you will early If ever find an accedent that has severe injuries or death from someone being blown off their ass, secondly if Missouri decides to legalize the marketing industry would go up because people would be hungry all the time, the crime ratings would probably drop a lot because I know when I'm stoned off my ass I just want to kick back and chill and listen to some music because I'm too lazy to do anything else but when I'm drunk just like most people I look for a fight or do something completely stupid that I'd never think of doing, and finally, like this artical stated "the state could tax the herb" and make hella food bank from it. Thank you for reading my opinion.

Kirklautner
Kirklautner

Sorry about the misspelled words and misused words my spell check sucks

Ashley Reily
Ashley Reily

pretty soon misery will be the "SMOKE ME" state....come oooonnn people... VOTE!

Tim Ratliffuglymofo
Tim Ratliffuglymofo like.author.displayName 1 Like

Take the money away from the Mexican Cartels and tax it, let it create jobs. Didn't we learn anything from the prohabition of alcohol?? The same arguments then don't hold up now. I thought we were suposed to learn from history not repeat it. TR

Anthonyi93
Anthonyi93

Ok if weed hasnt killed anyone in 1500 years then how can anyone say its bad.

maxx
maxx

I believe that if they are bitching about all the money we spend on trying to keep the mexicans from getting it accross the border, if they legalized it then the pricewould drop to nothing and it would put a stop to all the border crapp. The only reason why it is a income for them is because it is iillegal . The gov. could make a tax on it and it would create jobs here for the unemployed and help the people who need it medically. I feel it would be a win , win, solutition on several areas

Crystal
Crystal

The United States needs help, this is a blessing in diquise...  We have fertile ground to ensure it's potential to not be grown in China, and then given to us....:)

hitu4rmtheanklup
hitu4rmtheanklup

Yall never gunna get them to erase all criminal records or release from prison bc it was still against the law when they did the crime but I deff agree on everything els

Mr.Green
Mr.Green

I could see your point for those that were trafficking or were performing a violent crime in assocciation with it, like DUI, but for those that their only crime is that they had weed or paraphanalia in their possession should should have it expunged off any record whatsoever.

legalizexbudzxMO
legalizexbudzxMO

where do we sign on this petition cause i know alot of people who would vote for this that can vote for this

Stephenelcvatterott
Stephenelcvatterott

I'm all for it.... It's 2011... Times have changed so should the laws.. this is the boost owr gov needs.

Daniellealeece
Daniellealeece

Send him our way! Two registered voters signatures here!!!

midwestmomof2
midwestmomof2

The state vote in CA didn't pass, that's true.  But, the christian right was out in full force in California in response to prop 8.  Without that push, the California measure just might have passed.

There was a raid in WA recently but they did not go after the patients, just the illegal drug activity in those establishments.  My friend from WA tells me that pot is available on any corner in any form.  I see this as the future of Missouri! 

Good luck to END PROHIBITION NOW!!

Patrick Harris
Patrick Harris

any politition who votes this down should be voted out of office !probably the same moron who wants to put toll on interstate 70

sane missourian
sane missourian

This is soo stupid!! It's a crime and illegal for a reason!!! This nonesence is like saying lets make murder acceptable one time a year!!!! Seriously people get a grip!!! Just because the majority of you people want to lay around high as a kite with nothing better to do with your pathetic lives does NOT mean Missouri should be dumb enough to legalize something that was abused (hense...the reason it was made illegal in the first place). The only reason Missouri is even considering doing this is because this economy is in such a mess and the money people like all of you spend on something SO USELESS could help them move out of the rut this country is in!!!! I think making something like Marijuana lega is a big mistake. It only gives these people the right to walk around high as a kite everyday doing nothing productive with thier lives and making the rest of us pay more taxes and support them while they do NOTHING.

Mr.Green
Mr.Green

You pay more in taxes for the incarceration of people that use it now than you would for the problems that do arise from it being treated like alcohol. Your prejudice and insensativity is a personal problem that you could most likely fix by taking a few tokes yourself instead of the 6 pack or bottle you drink every night. Killing your liver! People who smoke pot rarely ever perform violent crimes, beat their spouses, or get in fights. I guess it does happen but they would most likely have performed that crime even if they were sober, probably more so.

Medically and used responsibly it is a wonderful aphradisiac, mood stabalizer and is great at relieving pain and stress in the human body with minimal harmful side effects.

Your logic doesn't make sense, maybe you should do some reasearch on a topic you seem to feel so strongly about so that you might better express your opinion.

VOTE RON PAUL 2012 He will abolish prohibition and disband the DEA.

midwestmomof2
midwestmomof2

Where do you live in Missouri, under a rock? Some of the most productive people in the world get high. FYI, I know people who have worked their whole lives as doctors, lawyers, physical therapists, veterinarians, electricians, nurses, restaurant owners, nuclear engineers, parole board officers, social workers, university administrators and many other professions who enjoy imbibing the weed now and then. They would probably smoke more, or, smoke instead of drinking alcohol, if it wasn't illegal to possess. Prohibition of marijuana laws are ridiculous! Also, the government would spend LESS money by not putting pot smokers in jail. It's okay for you to take a drink of alcohol whenever you want, why not let those who want to smoke instead, smoke it? You prohibition people should be ashamed of yourself. Quit trying to push your morals on everyone else!

Mthandedblades
Mthandedblades

here's are chance missouri anyone that can vote needs to make damn sure you vote on this day !!!!!!!!! p.s. don't smoke your breakfast an forget!!!!!

J_mcarthy
J_mcarthy

i did 3 years n prison for 1 pound of marijuana.there is proven facts that it is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco but since they are taxed that makes it ok when scientifically proven facts supports marijuana,  because its been used for medical reasons for years and its always been a tax thing.this will not only open up more revenue through taxes it will take the people who are soaking up tax dollors by being in prison for such a small thing. make more room in missouri prisons, which might just take the number of prisons and lessen that since missouri has more prisons than any other state in the u.s.thats all a money gimic.this would produce money for this state,its a cash crop.it seems everything these days is about money and thats what it will bring plus give people like me who commeted a petty marijuana charge a chance to be repated for being sent to prison for smoking something god put here for us.time to stand up and do something about something.smoking marijuana is as far from a crime as it gets so tax it up

Moon7
Moon7

 Forget about all kind of lost and win stuff and just think for cannabis and marijuana highs and buy drugs for that from given below site name please go on legal-highs !!!!          

Robertwilson0037
Robertwilson0037

Has the War on Drugs (POT) kept people from smoking pot?  Does the Mexican Cartel benefit from pot being illegal in the United States of America ?  How much does it cost the American tax payer to wage this War on Drugs? Has anyone really ever overdosed on Pot like some bloggers are writing? Has the American Goverment ever used Drugs on their soldiers without their knowledge as an experiment? Do you really believe that the citizens of Missouri will get a fair count of the Votes? Wake up  not going to happen!!!!!

Michael Girtman
Michael Girtman

The federal Government better not do anything to stop us isn't that the point of a petition and a ballot so that the citizens can decide what is best for ourselves? 

Kayla Sneed
Kayla Sneed

I believe marijuana should be legalized, there are so many benefits from it and its a multi-billion dollar industry and its going to be bought and consumed reguardless of it being legal or not so it should be legalized so money can be brought in legally. Here are some facts about marijuana from the book "the emporer wears no clothes which all this info comes from scientific studies. Studies from 1977-2007 DEATHS- *tobacco 340000-450000 *alcohol(not including highway deaths and 65% of murders) 150000 *asprin(including intentional overdose) 180-1000+ *caffine(from stress,ulcers,triggering irreg heartbeats etc.) 1000-10000+ *legal drug overdose(deliberate or accidental overdose of prescription and otc meds and/or combo with alcohol) 100000+ *illegal drug od(delib or accidental from illegal drugs) 3800-5800 *marijuana 0. Also with marijuana we could stop using fossil fuel, deforestation for cuttin trees for paper, and also we could reverse the green house effect. Marijuana can provide the overall majority of the worlds paper n textiles needs, meet ALL of the worlds transportation, industrial, and home energy needs, while reducing pollution, rebuilding soil, and cleaning the atmosphere. Also marijuana has positive affects on babies when their mother smoked marijuana while pregnant, study done by american academy of pediatrics in 1994 looked at babies day 30 from mothers of heavy smokers and mothers who didn't smoke at all during pregnancy, there's a long list of positives for the babies who their mothers smoked heavily during pregnancy.(U can probably look up "pediatrics, february 1994, volume 93, number 2, pp. 254-260. American academy of pediatrics. There are just so many benefits!

midwestmomof2
midwestmomof2

There is also evidence that people who smoke pot regularly have less lung cancer than those who don't smoke anything at all.

Sharon
Sharon

Soooo.... let me know where to sign! I'm in!

Mary jane
Mary jane

I doubt Obama will care, but the next president might be a bitch about it.

Yvonne Leehelen Dowell
Yvonne Leehelen Dowell

I smoked pot for  a few months in my late twenties.I didn't take LSD or anything else. I drank alcohol for a few months and it was a horrible drug. I haven't smoked pot  for about 36 years.If it was legal  I would smoke a little to take away pain.I have stomach problems and can take only a  very  small dose of pain pills. It doesn't take my pain away.

Mr.Green
Mr.Green

RON PAUL is for the complete repeal of the amendment that introduced prohibitions on a federal level. He would release the states to control their own markets as they see fit. He is for personal responsibility and liberty! He suggests that they treat the drug problems that do arise as a health issues not criminal issues similar to alchohol.

SO VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!

Onlytheoneband
Onlytheoneband

That would be like winning the World Series everyday!But, I think it makes more sense to get medicinal approved first. Legalization should follow shortlyI think full on legalization is still too much for Missouri to swallow right now.But, I'd vote for it!  It's waaaay past time to get some positive change in our state and country! 

Travis
Travis

And this initiative allows farmers to be able to grow it.  Unfortunately, this wasn't represented correctly int he SOS's ballot summary.  Mo. could be the first state to open trade with the likes of China, develop sustainable industries, and create jobs for the state farmers. 

Chris
Chris

Personally, I am not a user of marijuana. That's not to say I haven't taken a few tokes now and then in a social setting, but not for quite some time.  However, I am in a very quiet minority ... a conservative Christian man in his mid-30s who ABSOLUTELY supports this effort!  It is hypocritical of our government to keep alcohol legal, which results in many deaths every year from careless use; tobacco, which has no redeeming qualities whatsoever - it only gets people addicted and kills them; while a substance like marijuana, which has many positive uses and, even if used socially usually doesn't lead to violence or impaired driving, remains illegal. Props to those spearheading this effort!  If I get a chance, you can count on my signature as well as my vote!

Sarah
Sarah

where do i sign!!!!!!!!!!

Chadcopper_19
Chadcopper_19

Only thing I would have like to see is that the cannibis sold is to be domestic only!!!

Avis Brooks
Avis Brooks

The thing to remember is that federal law over rides state. This must be addressed on a federal level to be definitive.

Avis Brooks
Avis Brooks

It is long past time to repeal our generation's prohibition. IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION!

Josh Gill
Josh Gill

And even if the initiative lands on the ballot and voters approve the measure, the federal government still considers marijuana a controlled substance. It' er than the federal gvtstates are supposed to have more pows doubtful Uncle Sam would allow Missouri to become the first state in the nation to openly allow the sale and use of marijuana for non-medical reasons.

...the state are supposed to have more power than the federal government.

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