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Show-Me Cannabis Submits Proposals to Make Legal Marijuana Your Constitutional Right

Back in March, a poll conducted on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation found that 50 percent of Missourians favored legalization. That's not quite the 60 percent Viets finds to be ideal, but he says that number is likely much higher now.

See also: Poll Says Majority of Missourians Favor Legalizing Pot, Regulating Like Alcohol

"Support in the last twelve months jumped 10 percent across the nation," Viets says. "If Missouri is typical of the rest of the country -- and it usually is -- we should have 60 percent right now."

To qualify for the 2014 ballot, Show-Me Cannabis needs signatures from "8 percent of Missouri's 4 million registered voters in two-thirds of Missouri's eight congressional districts," reported the Columbia Missourian.

Viets says that he believes the most contentious issue will be about what to do with nonviolent marijuana offenders, including whether to let out people currently incarcerated and expunge criminal records of people previously arrested for marijuana.

See also: How a Missouri Man Could Die in Prison for Weed

Each proposal deals with these issues to different degrees, and a final ballot initiative will be determined based on the reaction from Missourians during the polling stages.

Similar to Colorado's Amendment 64, which changed the state's constitution to allow for the sale and regulation of marijuana, Viets' proposals aim to change Missouri's constitution for the same purpose.

"We anticipate there would be a repeal attempt," Viets says, adding that passing an amendment to the state constitution, rather than a state law, would make it more difficult for the state legislature to overturn marijuana legalization if it passes.

The ten proposals are available to read on the secretary of state's website.

Follow Ray Downs on Twitter at @RayDowns. E-mail the author at Ray.Downs@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13


only 20 years behind us Missouri, nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody

if we cannot find a way, we will make one...


AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

flysuperman88
flysuperman88

Where's the petition, and where can I sign? Matter of fact, just give me the petition and I'll have all the names needed within the hour. We'll get this legalized today!!!

spyder46rt
spyder46rt

That certain criminal entities have profited hugely from exploration of cannabis does not make the US Rightwing totally bad------just completely complicit  in the con.

panopticsjp
panopticsjp

This is tremendous news!  Let's make this happen, Missouri.  It's time to end our nation's quixotic and divisive war on cannabis.  Predictably, police officials will oppose this effort in order to protect their jobs and financial interests.  However, the people shouldn't be swayed.  By creating a legal market for cannabis, we can generate vital tax revenue for our cash-strapped state and begin the process of dismantling the massive underground drug market that exists in the US and is currently dominated by violent criminal gangs.  We need to stop imprisoning fellow Americans for non-violent drug crimes and liberate cannabis, a plant with proven medical properties that is far safer as a recreational substance than alcohol or cigarettes.     

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Yes everyone. Forgo your voice in support of ending the draconian practice of locking up harmless weed smokers, spending millions of taxpayers dollars every year to keep them in a cage. That way you can feel a bit more secure working at a job where they would fire you over something so trivial. Sounds like a great plan and in no way should it get you thinking about what kind of assholes you work for.

Pratie Head
Pratie Head

PLEASE NOTE THAT COMMENTS ARE "PUBLIC RECORDS," SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UPON REQUEST. YOUR COMMENT, INCLUDING NAME AND ADDRESS, MAY BE OBTAINED PURSUANT TO A SUNSHINE LAW REQUEST. As quoted on the comment page. Who is going to be the first to lose their job after signing these? I hope I won't hear any news about this.

moonhol
moonhol

Each proposal is somewhat difficult to read over and know the differences between them all. Does anyone know the major differences between each proposal?

Either way I’m so excited! I didn’t think this would happen in my lifetime!

Marijuana is better on sooo many levels versus alcohol and look what the probation of alcohol did….

PhilDeBowl
PhilDeBowl

Allow Adults to grow their own,regulate and tax all sales. The only thing that makes a god given herb valuable enough to create violent cartels and corrupt government IS the governments prohibition of it.

panopticsjp
panopticsjp

What?  Are you referring to a question posed in the article?  

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