Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Afraid of Pot Reform? Show-Me Cannabis Says It Was Denied

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Show-Me Cannabis, Missouri's marijuana reform advocacy group, has been spreading the word across the state about the need for more sensible pot policies -- and eventually hopes to push for legalization. Next week, the group was supposed to run a booth at Pointfest, 105.7 the Point's annual festival, but yesterday announced that Verizon Wireless Amphitheater had rejected its application.

Why? The managers reportedly were worried about having marijuana advocacy take place at their venue.

"People are just afraid of this issue a lot of the time," John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis executive director, tells Daily RFT. "It perpetuates this fear that people have.... And then no one talks about it and it gets worse."

And Payne says this is not the first time the group has been shut down by a company afraid of even giving marijuana activists a platform.

See also:
- Venue Realizes "Cannabis" Means Pot; Rejects Show-Me Cannabis Fundraiser
- 106.5 The Arch Refuses to Air Pot Reform Ad, Says Topic is Too Controversial
- Francis Slay On Pot: "I'm Not For Legalizing Marijuana. It Sends A Bad Message."

Representatives from Verizon Wireless Amphitheater did not respond to Daily RFT's requests for comment yesterday afternoon or this morning.

According to Payne, Show-Me Cannabis has been coordinating with the Point and was planning on manning a booth at the event and had even sent in a payment (which has since been refunded). The group would've been handing out literature, explaining their cause to attendees and selling wristbands and t-shirts.

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He was soon told, however, that the amphitheater had rejected his vendor application. He was finally able to talk to Verizon Wireless General Manager D.J. Lindfors, who, Payne says, told him that "he was concerned that allowing a booth advocating marijuana legalization would strain the amphitheater's relationship with the city and its police force, many of whom the venue employs as part time security."

After an initial phone conversation, Lindfors called again to confirm that "even after further consideration, the amphitheater was sticking with its decision to exclude Show-Me Cannabis from Pointfest."

Initially, Payne had heard that there may have been concerns about local police shutting the group down, but, just to be sure, he says he spoke with Maryland Heights police officials, who assured him that they would not stop the group.

Show-Me Cannabis, the police officials reportedly told him, has a First Amendment right to speak out.

Continue for more of our interview with Show-Me Cannabis and the group's full announcement.


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rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

This is outrageous....and utter hogwash...! It's the old story of, 'we want you to have it, but we're not going to let you...'!

livluvshine1
livluvshine1

This is so wrong. Especially when Maryland Heights is in St. Louis County, and St. Louis just decriminalized marijuana. I didn't follow up on if it was just for city or county, but I would think both. And I can guarantee that a higher percentage of  people who go to Pointfest would love to see that booth, than those who would not care for it, if any. Also, last I heard, (and I don't remember what it was) is that Mayor Slay (who I always thought of a real ballbuster) had commented on the side of either decriminalization, medical, or legalization because I remember being totally surprised coming from him.

day1kmm
day1kmm

"People are just afraid of this issue a lot of the time," John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis executive director, tells Daily RFT. "It perpetuates this fear that people have.... And then no one talks about it and it gets worse."

That is exactly why we must push forward with the discussion, education and changing the reputation of cannabis. The level of ignorance about cannabis and the endocannabinoid system is overwhelming. Every human should know they have an endocannabinoid system as well as they know they have a nervous system.

Raphael Mechoulem, the man who originally discovered THC in 1964 and has been studying cannabis ever since, whose team discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1987, states, "There is barely a biological or physiological system in our bodies in which the endocannabinoids do not participate". 

Our bodies run on cannabinoids, some people don't produce enough, like a diabetic with insulin. When the body's own endocannabinoids are diminished, this causes a function issue within the body's systems.

The ECS is a regulator of physiological functions not only in the central nervous system but also in the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine network, the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract, the reproductive system, in microcirculation, and most important the cytokine network, which is the source of inflammation and the cause of nearly if not all disease. Science is learning that the cytokine network is also the cause of most if not all, mental health issues and disorders such as Autism. We also know cannabinoids kill cancer.

Insisting we play guinea pig to the pharmaceutical industry any longer while chemists try to conjure up some synthetic concoction to manipulate the endocannabinoid system is no longer acceptable. We have what is needed to treat the endocannabinoid system, and that is CANNABIS.

The FDA regulates patented medicine. The DEA has a set of criteria to which they that they assign any controlled substance schedule change. Fact is they cannot use those same criteria on cannabis with the known science. The DEA's criteria is based upon having available studies displaying identical for a control group, knowing well they stand on the fact they have never allowed the studies to be done. However, the fact that science shows the body's need and use of cannabinoids for nearly every biological function clearly demonstrates that by doing so they are maintaining the status quo — creating patients, or one could easily say with the known science, they are in essence killing off citizens.

While we are a capitalist society, to create diseases for an industry to feed on by maintaining an illegal status of a plant that science has proven repeatedly to be a necessity for homeostasis is unacceptable by any government. 

OliverKlozoff
OliverKlozoff

Clearly venues such as Verizon amphitheater are operating on unwarranted fear and paranoia. As far as I'm aware, Show-Me Cannabis is not advocating illegal drug use of any kind. They are simply asking to have the laws changed. If this were 100 years ago, would the venue have turned away groups seeking to give women the right to vote?

Furthermore, this is no longer such a controversial issue. Several states allow marijuana use in some form. If someone wants to change a law, I applaud their right to try it, no matter which side of the issue I'm on. Not enough people get off their butts and try to do something about things they see wrong with society. Verizon, please don't send these guys back to their butts :)

Pete Popovitch
Pete Popovitch

Still waiting for the rest of that Skid Row/Guns•N•Roses concert... Axl was right.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Guarantee there will be pipes being sold at booths..

Brittney Dugger
Brittney Dugger

Yeah, no shows for me at Verizon. The sound there is terrible, no matter where you are in the venue...

Pratie Head
Pratie Head

They should share the booth with the one that sells hemp jewelry

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

your parents want you to be miserable pill popping alcoholics like themselves

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

ill spend my hard earned money somewhere cannabis friendly like colorado or california

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

Its now the weed the bothers me. Its the smoke and the THC.

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

Why? That's the easiest place to get pot into, not to mention all the security smokes with everyone there.

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

I had a heat stroke there 4 yrs ago, all they could do was put water bottles on my wrists & forehead. My husband had to call 911. I don't drink at all but sure don't begrudge anyone a little MJ. REALLY???? Have you seen the way the drunk idiots act at that place?? But that's ok cuz it's alcohol right?

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

I started my boycott of that venue many years ago, when they were charging $8 for a bottle of water and offering no other options. I won't ever go there again.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

Verison sucks, always did, always will.

Chuck Napier
Chuck Napier

can you say boycott? THey will understand that for sure..If the Verizon people do not listen , start the BOYCOTT NOW.. they have to be either uncaring or just dumbasses if they do not allow this. I would bet 70% of attendees at their venue enjoy pot for whatever reason, EVEN MEDICAL..WAKEUP VERIZON

Daniel Sexauer
Daniel Sexauer

Keep believing the lies, Katie. Jason is on point.

Lucas Jackson
Lucas Jackson

I'd rather deal with a pot head than a drunk any day.

Daniel Sexauer
Daniel Sexauer

^yeah, because it's so much more dangerous than alcohol. lol

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

They don't seem to care that 50% of the people in the lawn are already passing around MJ reform. I think the booth should be allowed.

Katie Jean
Katie Jean

probably because they want to reduce the amount of pot present at Pointfest. i don't blame them.

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

But to others, it's a healing and pain relieving herb

livluvshine1
livluvshine1

@Bridget Aholt Blair I know because of the humidity, I had one leaving the Arch on the highway and had to pull over and call 911. It would be nice if the majority of these concerts would fall in fall, or come to an indoor venue. And yes, you are correct about the drunks, use to be one of them. ;)

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

Now you're speaking the language they understand.......! EXACTLY.!

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