Show-Me Cannabis Protest in St. Chuck Tonight

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Show-Me Cannabis Regulation activists plan to canvass the intersection of Main and Monroe streets tonight at 9:30 p.m. as a peaceful protest against two of its volunteers being cited by St. Charles police for "soliciting without a permit" shortly after midnight this past Saturday.

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Show-Me Cannabis Reform's John Payne.
According to John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation's Saint Louis Regional Director, the two volunteers were soliciting nothing -- they were actually asking people to sign their petition for the legalization and subsequent government regulation of cannabis in Missouri. "The right to petition our government is the most fundamental right we possess as Americans and is part of the foundation of republican government. These citations will not deter us from exercising that right," Payne stated in the group's press release.

Show-Me Cannabis petitioners are a common sight in the RFT's neighborhood, but I'd yet to encounter them after midnight. Curious about the reason for the late-night run-in, I reached out to Payne for more information concerning the incident.

RFT: How experienced were these two canvassers?

Payne: One was relatively experienced as he had been circulating the petition for over a month and heading up a team of volunteers. The other had just been trained the previous Wednesday, so it was only the second time he had gone out to gather signatures.


 RFT: Have you had people working in this part of town before? If so, were there any incidents with the public or police?

Payne:Yes, I had teams working Main Street in Saint Charles on weekend nights each weekend since the beginning of January completely without incident.


   RFT: Is Main Street St. Charles that target-rich an environment on a Sunday night around midnight?

Payne:That stretch of Main Street contains the most numerous collection of bars in the city (or at least that's what my Saint Charles volunteers tell me; I don't spend much of my time in Saint Charles, either), so just after midnight on a Sunday is a great time to be out getting signatures from the Saturday-night bar crowd. (Remember, it was past midnight on Sunday, so it had been Saturday less than an hour earlier.)


RFT: Do you have more success gaining signatures during the evening/late night hours than you do during the day?

Payne: It really depends on the location. On The Loop or South Grand, the time doesn't seem to matter a great deal. However, Saint Charles is a relatively conservative community, so the canvassers have told me that they have greater success with the late night bar crowd, who tend to be younger than their early bird counterparts.


At the moment, the Missouri Civil Liberties Association (MOCLA) is considering pursuing a civil suit against the City of St. Charles "for violating the right of citizens to petition the government for redress of grievances" on behalf of the two volunteers.

Not to sound cynical, but a quick look at the map shows that the intersection of Main and Monroe is a scant two blocks from the St. Charles County Corrections building -- let's hope everyone keeps it civil and sane this evening.

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My Medical Records
My Medical Records

We'll choice a very high price of which not any info can have also been supplied received this volunteers petitioned intended for escalating this income tax doled available intended for most of these bold municipal servants.

Danieljoeocorncob
Danieljoeocorncob

put a hundred petitioners out there in plain view. this one is tooo easy. i would dare them to cite me so i would have a valid reason to raise hell which is fun for me. after i got finished the whole st. charles gov would be wishing they never messed with the u. s. constitution and the right to free speech.

jway
jway

I've yet to see the legislation that says that collecting signatures is "soliciting". Where do you get these permits and are there any other imaginary laws that we should know about? Marijuana has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. States that have legal medical marijuana laws have seen a 9% drop in alcohol-caused traffic fatalities. We can save a lot of lives by giving people the right to switch from alcohol to marijuana.

Ryan
Ryan

I'll bet top dollar that no citations would have been issued had the volunteers petitioned for increasing the taxes doled out for these brave civil servants.

someguy
someguy

2nd bad PR move in as many months for the city of st. charles. do they not realize they are no longer in a bubble?

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