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

See also: Gay Marriage: Governor Jay Nixon Doesn't Want to Talk About it Right Now

But a few more months later, Nixon not only came out in favor of allowing gay couples to file joint taxes, he said they should be allowed to get married, too.

"Many Missourians, including myself, are thinking about these issues of equality in new ways and reflecting on what constitutes discrimination," Nixon said at a news conference. "For me, that process has led to the belief that we shouldn't treat folks differently because of who they are."

See also: Missouri to Gays: You Can't Get Married Here, But We Will Take Your Tax Dollars

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Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for more than 20 years for marijuana charges. He has asked Gov. Nixon for clemency.

In little over one year, 58-year-old Nixon went from never having supported marriage equality in his life to, after a bit of reflection, believing everyone should be treated equally.

So could Nixon's vague answer to CNN about marijuana legalization be the same as his vague answer to same sex marriage in May of last year?

The percentage of Missourians who favor legalization today (approximately 50 percent) is the same amount who favored marriage equality in 2012. And the amount of people who would be in favor of medical marijuana is certainly higher, so Nixon's comments could be a sign he is beginning that road of reflection he traveled on while deciding his views on whether gays should be allowed to get married.

But it's difficult to determine. Nixon has been silent on marijuana reform. One of the only other times he addressed marijuana was when his son was arrested for a bag back in 2011.

See also: Will Nixon: Governor's Son Charged with Marijuana Possession

Unfortunately, as the governor may or may not be reflecting, people all around the state are still being harassed by police, discriminated against by employers, and even incarcerated for entire lifetimes because they use marijuana.

See also: Meet Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's Only Inmate Sentenced to Death in Prison for Pot

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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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