Marijuana Legalization Proposals Submitted by Activists, Politicians, and Man Doing Life for Pot

The effort to legalize marijuana in Missouri is going full-steam ahead with everyone from activists and lawmakers to the state's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana-only offenses trying to free the weed.

Show Me Cannabis is currently polling two initiatives to see if there's enough support to try to get on the 2014 ballot. State Representative Chris Kelly (D) introduced House Bill 1659 last week, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for people over the age of 21. And Jeff Mizanskey, the man who has been in prison for the past 20 years serving life without parole for marijuana, has submitted a proposal that would make him a free man.

Dubbed the "Mizanskey Measure" by Mizanskey's attorney, Tony Nenninger, who filed the paperwork in Mizanskey's name, the initiative would legalize marijuana for people over the age of 21 and release nonviolent offenders from prison.

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- VIDEO: Meet Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's Only Inmate Sentenced to Death in Prison for Pot
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In addition to regulating marijuana and releasing nonviolent offenders, the initiative includes a provision to allow veterinarians to advise pet owners about the risks and potential benefits of medical marijuana for animals.

"We figured a happy dog makes a happy voter and lots of voters can relate to the benefits of relieving the suffering of their pets with a natural remedy," Nenninger tells Daily RFT.

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Mizanskey hopes a measure will pass that would free him from prison after more than 20 years behind bars.

The Mizanskey Measure is still in the public comment stage and the official language won't be approved until March. At that point, it will still need to collect enough signatures to qualify for placement the 2014 ballot.

Further along in the ballot process are initiatives proposed by pro-legalization group Show Me Cannabis. Having had submitted thirteen different proposals for marijuana legalization in early January, the group is currently conducting polling on two.

The results of those polls will determine whether Show Me Cannabis will pursue the expensive and arduous process of getting enough signatures to qualify for the 2014 ballot.

"We figure we need at least 60 percent approval," says John Payne, the group's executive director. He further explains that if that number is not realized, then they will seek placement on the 2016 ballot.

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Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

I don't Partake, However, Safer than Alcohol !!!!!!!!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Them shitbastards keep fucking us over and over


@sorope I'd likely end up spending too much on devices. Like glassware with bourbon. I'm a collector. It's a disease.

Lizziee Monroe
Lizziee Monroe

Oh definitely . Im finna be taking classes in the Medical field , to be a Nurse and shit . Ill definitely be dealing wit Pounds and pounds of Marijuana when its Legalized . Ill be Stoned all the time I swear !! Kyle Thomas

Kyle Styles
Kyle Styles

Lizziee Monroeyou should think about being a activist they have careers and shit for it work in the weed/medical field

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

If .....if weed is so bad ??? Then why does the government have a pat. on t.h.c. ? An most of all ....Colorado has made soooo much tax money on it since the legalizeation of it ! Cancer/ epilepsy/seizures/aids an much more benefits we all can use ! Not man made toxic drugs that the politics get kick backs from ! But will we as citizens be able to grow it without precaution ? As in making your own beer or wine ? An


The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

Marijuana is much safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

Let's end this hypocrisy now!

The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

Timothy Brendlinger
Timothy Brendlinger

I'm sure if it did pass through a popular vote the state legislature would start to water it down or repeal it much like they did with the animal rights bill that passed. After all the voters of Missouri don't know enough to vote on such things of importance even though we voted all of those ass hats into office.


@BrianKelly  "Marijuana is much safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?" REALLY? lmao this is YOUR words sorry but you have made a idiot out of your self or all by your self lol YES people get locked up for  drinking!! SEVERAL YEARS IN FACT sorry but this is so dumb there really isnt much to say about it. Except heres your sign STUPID LOL

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