Gov. Nixon Says "Maybe" to Medical Marijuana; Is He Evolving Like He Did on Gay Marriage?

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In what could possibly be a shift in the way Governor Jay Nixon will approach reforming Missouri's draconian marijuana laws, he gave an ever-so tepid "maybe" to the question of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes when asked about it on CNN's State of the Union Sunday.

On a panel with three other governors - Rick Perry from Texas, Mike Pence from Indiana, and Dan Malloy from Connecticut - host Candy Crowley asked Nixon his thoughts on legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Well, sort of.

Crowley asked Nixon by stating: "I can't imagine that legalizing marijuana for recreational use sells in Missouri."

"Not so much," Nixon answered with a chuckle. The other governors chuckled, too. LOL at Missouri.

Nixon continued: "But medicinally, I think folks are beginning to see if there are things the medical community can help on and if there are specific ways they can, I think our legislature and our people might consider that. But I think to move beyond that at this point, I would say it's a bridge too far but that bridge has not yet been built."


Skip to about 2:40 to get to Nixon's part.

It's difficult to tell exactly what Nixon means. He didn't say his personal views and give a flat no like Perry did. Nor did he completely dismiss the question as pointless and start talking about job creation, like Pence did. And he didn't say that he believes it's a positive thing or that he would support it, like he has recently done for same-sex marriage, a controversial issue among Missouri voters.

However, it could be that Nixon is just waiting until polls tell him where he should take a stand, like how he's done with same sex marriage over the past 18 months. As Missourians have increasingly supported marriage equality in polling data, Nixon's views have slightly progressed.

See also: 2014 State of the State: Nixon Calls to End LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

In October of 2012, Nixon told KOMU: "I have not supported gay marriage in the past and don't at this point. I don't anticipate much legislative activity in that area."

A few months later, polling data came out that found his view was in line with at least 52 percent of Missourians, according to 2012 Public Policy Polling data. However, when asked about support for either same sex marriage or civil unions, more than 60 percent were in favor.

Even President Barack Obama, who had been cautious about being explicitly in support of same sex marriage before but needed to rally his base in an election year, said he wholeheartedly supported it (although he still says it should be a state matter).

A few months later in May of 2013, Nixon would no longer say he was against it - he just avoided the question, like he did in an interview with KMBC where he said: "I would only say that in the setting we're in right now, there's going to be plenty of time to look at what to discuss on that issue in the future."

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Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Why would they listen to the people...St louis University social justice program thats why... Its a good guess who is probably behind the failing show me cannabis agenda???Ask their cop spokesperson if you DARE..

Rebecca Wagner Smith
Rebecca Wagner Smith

Gov. Jay Nixon might be interested to know that a man in Missouri is 20 years into a life sentence for cannabis. Please check out Free Jeff Mizanskey!

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Nixon is not a real democrat. I don't hear him screaming about how the state of Missouri needs to take the stimulus from the fed in regards to expanding medicare. Since when have Democrats as of late had cold feet in regards to Medical Marijuana? Where does Missouri find these "Democrats"??? If he was any kind of a progressive at all he would be talking about how we need to show Colorado how to create jobs and save taxpayers. By legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. Missouri could lead the way, but instead we are being held back by a wolf in sheep's clothing. Marijuana has several medical properties. Anyone whom denies this fact should not hold public office.

lorenx2
lorenx2

Medical Marijuana is VITAL to those who need it and it WORKS. If you do not live in chronic pain or have certain issues that ONLY marijuana aids in for relief, then you really have NO say whatsoever on this matter. I plead to Mr. Nixon to pass this long overdue bill PLEASE.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

But he is basically the only thing keeping the ALEC from getting ALL of their dirty deeds done in the state.

Julian O. Long
Julian O. Long

Too bad he hasn't "evolved" about capital punishment.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I'd rather it was legal, but I'll take what I can get. My mother has cancer and could really use the medical marijuana right now. She has lost weight from nausea and the crazy expensive prescription drugs to prevent it don't help enough. She is in her 70s. She shouldn't have to suffer when there is a way to prevent it!!

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

If you allow medical marijuana you are just shorting the state on tax revenue ... plenty of "doctors" out there to prescribe pot for head aches, srubbed toes and ear infections. Make it legal and put massive taxes upon it ... potheads have proved they will pay anything for a high.

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

Nixon is a moderate, if not Blue Dog. He is from De Soto after all.

Devin BobaFett Butler
Devin BobaFett Butler

Show me cannabis is a joke so hopefully he does something anything is better than what we have right now and we shouldn't be waiting till 2016 to vote for its legalization when the time is now and while they r at it free Jeff M. Serving life for pot just doesn't make sense when rapists , child molesters, and even bank robbers get less time on average !

jerrycook
jerrycook

Perhaps he will favour the herb when he sees all the regulated tax coming in from going above ground & fully legal with it as with Colorado.  Truth is not in his vocabulary but maybe money is. 

Scott Hedges
Scott Hedges

If he wanted to make a stand for keeping it illegal he would have sent his son to jail. It needs to be legal for every one not just the Governors son.

Dale Proctor
Dale Proctor

He only says what the voters want to hear to get re-elected then will say he prayed and god said no! Watch!!...

Edward Hecker
Edward Hecker

Nixon is the liberal governor of a very conservative state. What he believes, personally, is probably often quite distant from what he believes, publicly. I'm thinking he's babystepping the public towards his position on legal marijuana.

claygooding
claygooding

If the people of Missouri see 20 states having MMJ programs and DC with a dispensary 8 blocks from Congress as an "accepted medical use" then who are politicians and appointed bureaucrats to tell US that there is no accepted medical use of marijuana under a doctor's care,,not a under a politician's care,,a doctor's care? 

monmar
monmar

@jerrycook  Fully legal is the way to go. MMJ programs are a joke on society.

monmar
monmar

@claygooding  If people want to smoke marijuana that's fine with me. Bring on the tax dollars!  

But, MMJ programs are a joke. I have traveled several times to LA since they started their program. Anyone can get a MMJ card. There are barkers standing on street corner wearing scrubs pulling people into their "clinics" for a diagnoses and perception. There is no doctor care. Just second rate medical pros making some extra cash handing out "prescriptions". Just legalize the shit and get it over with. Hiding behind medical benefits is just society's attempt to make it's self feel better. If we are going to  make marijuana legal then we should have a law that promotes honest conversations around its use. The MMJ thing makes it difficult for authorities protect people from pot smoke in the same way they protect people with no smoking laws. It becomes therapy/medicine. MMJ makes it difficult to have honest conversations as a society around the negative effects of marijuana abuse. Toke away but not in my air and your fooling your self if you think the "medicinal" value of pot out weighs the carcinogen exposer from smoking it.  I'll take your pot taxes, but leave your second hand high to your self.

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