Legal Weed in Missouri Is One Step Closer to Your 2014 Ballot

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Will medical marijuana be legal in Missouri?
Marijuana legalization is one step closer to finding a place on your 2014 ballot.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander released thirteen petitions Wednesday asking whether Missouri should legalize sale and consumption of the drug, including for medical purposes, expunge marijuana-related offenses from the records of convicted criminals, and authorize the government to tax and regulate the marketplace.

See also: All Eyes on Colorado: 4 Reasons St. Louis Is Jealous of Legal Weed (And 1 Reason We're Not)

The process to legalize marijuana in Missouri is purposefully complicated because it requires a change to Article I of the constitution, so let Daily RFT break it down:

Dan Viets, chairman of Show-Me Cannabis and a lawyer in Columbia, submitted thirteen petitions aiming to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. The thirteen petitions change slightly, giving voters options on how legalization would impact people with criminal records for marijuana cases.

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Wait, wait, wait, smoke break. OK, now we're ready.
The next step for legalization activists is getting signatures on their petitions, and that's where the math gets a little funky.

The law requires petitioners to submit the same number of signatures as equals 8 percent of the 2.7 million votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from people representing six of the state's eight congressional districts. Organizers have until May 4 to turn in their signatures.

If Viets and fellow activists can't get all the signatures this year, they have already promised to come back in two years and try again.

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

The financial impact of legal weed on Missouri is still unclear, but the petitions say Missouri expects to pay $1 million in startup costs, $4.6 million in annual operating costs and to rake in $142 million in annual revenue.

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If you're getting deja vu, you're not wrong. Missouri has been through this before.
In 2011, the secretary of state approved two of Viets' petitions for marijuana legalization, but without the examples of Colorado and Washington to follow, even the Daily RFT wasn't optimistic.

See also: Proposals Seek to Legalize Marijuana in Missouri 2011

"The federal government still considers marijuana a controlled substance," we wrote in 2011. "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."

Now, the climate has changed. Marijuana is for sale in Colorado and, soon, Washington State to adults. Medical marijuana was approved in Illinois this year.

The furthest that marijuana legalization has advanced in Missouri's legislature is a morning hearing on the last day of the session last year.

Read the full text of Viets' proposed petitions on the next page.


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damienwag
damienwag

Here's a tip for the people get the johnhandcocks go to concerts and night clubs and all over people will sign go to ICP concerts like the gathering 


damienwag
damienwag

Where do we sign up for the Missouri weed 


sdh71059
sdh71059

Enough already! God put this plant on this earth. So what if u smoke it. At least it relaxes u,it helps u to eat when sick , it helps the people with cancer. Come on!! How do i get those papers to get signatures!?????

Tony Berwin
Tony Berwin

Marijuana is a plant how u gonna not legalize it should be a start banning tomatoes too and other plants we grow

Gary Gorsich
Gary Gorsich

Make room for the the boats Saint Louis!!

Hieronymus Cole
Hieronymus Cole

Can anyone tell us where these signatures are being taken down and how I add my John Hancock?

athm99
athm99

@showmecannabis are these petitions going for spring or fall ballot? Where are these petitions located?

Amanda Wasserman
Amanda Wasserman

The signatures will be the easy part!! Let's hope Missouri finally takes a progressive route.

Allen Ward
Allen Ward

It won't happen. If it's anything like the 2012 signature campaign, Show-Me Cannabis will get a bunch of burnt-out deadheads to collect signatures and they want you to come to them instead of them coming to you. I tried to sign it back in 2012 but the guy was just too stoned and didn't want to do anything. So good luck with that.

Terry Cagle
Terry Cagle

the prices will go down once the novelty wears off and more shops and growers get set up!!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

they should let colorado be a "test case" for a year or two.

Meredith Gulley
Meredith Gulley

They make it hard to afford it anyhow who cares, Colorado sells an ounce for over 400 dollars so hope people have good jobs lol

Bryan S Brake
Bryan S Brake

Man, I'm all for legalization of weed, but god dammit, if Mo passes weed reform before marriage equality, I'll scream!

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

Better hurry what is it 157,000 by May 1st???? It's doable but Don't wait for the other guy to sign.. take it upon yourself..to get ER done please.......

dirtybird
dirtybird

time to get a foothold in the south...Florida is in the chalks!

Bill Weiss
Bill Weiss

Money would be better spent on real drug and alcohol abuse. How many lives are ruined by the alcohol industry.

Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

We NEED medical weed yesterday already.

Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

And another 10 years from actually making it happen. #stupidlikeIL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

This isn't "legalization", it a Government Controlled COMMERCIALIZATION, with massive taxes, myriad regulations and a continuation of 99% of the CRIMINAL PROHIBITIONS against marijuana.


Colorado made this gigantic mistake with their faux-"legalization", and citizens are getting arrested and prosecuted at 19x the rate in Denver that they were before this phony "legalization" took place.


Don't be stupid, Missouri!


Jamie Van
Jamie Van

Well, they can vote "NO" when they cast their ballot.

Ryan Grewe
Ryan Grewe

If it creates jobs and helps people with health problems I'm all for it. I certainly think cannabis is a better alternative than pain pills like oxycontin that people can get hooked on for the rest of there life.

Yvonne Bedell
Yvonne Bedell

For folks with chronic pain from things like fibromyalgia this would at least be something we could try to elevate the quality of our lives

Noel Boyer
Noel Boyer

Here's how government works: they project $142 million in revenue over a 10 year period, so they increase expenditures by $200 million, then after 10 years they realize projections were way off, but don't cut expenditures.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

LOL! Do you really think the are going to do away with a tax? No. They will just add this one.

Scott Hedges
Scott Hedges

We could use the real estate boost as well houses in Missouri are selling like lead ballons but in Colorado everything on the market is getting sold

Scott Hedges
Scott Hedges

People said it wouldn't pass in Colorado before it did

mushuku
mushuku

This is tremendous news!  Let's make this happen, Missouri.  It's time to end our state's quixotic and divisive war on cannabis.  Predictably, police officials will oppose this effort in order to protect their future occupational stability and the generous resources they receive each year to investigate and arrest non-violent cannabis users.  However, the people of Missouri 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 Missourians 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.      

Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins

To many oldsters still believe Reefer Madness is real.

Chad Kitchen
Chad Kitchen

I certainly hope so. The sooner the better!

Steve Pona
Steve Pona

The most powerful influence in state politics is the ag industry. You think they don't want to grow a cash crop "high" in demand?!

showmecannabis
showmecannabis

@BlazinBaker314 sign up for updates on our website. Polling is being done, then we will collect sigs on what polls best. Register 2 vote NOW

sophie1914
sophie1914

I live with Crohn's disease and have to take Tramadol daily for painful arthritis that the Humira does not take care of. I'm concerned about a lifetime of pain pills and how it will affect my liver which is already taxed by the disease itself. I have never been in full remission. I've heard that people go into remission from Cannabis. It's also supposed to help with arthritis and nausea. I'm all for medical legalization. 

sophie1914
sophie1914

Totally agreement there. Less toxic option as well. Could brew it in a tea.

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