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

Of the two initiatives that Show Me Cannabis is polling on, one has a clause that would expunge marijuana offenses and effectively release prisoners like Mizanskey.

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- Show-Me Cannabis Submits Proposals to Make Legal Marijuana Your Constitutional Right
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The other does not, but Payne says that the group won't pursue a ballot initiative without an expungement clause. However, releasing convicted criminals is a touchy political move that can sometimes scare voters - neither Colorado's or Washington's legalization measures had an expungement clause -- and Show Me Cannabis want to know where Missouri voters stand on the subject.

"We want to know what kind of support we're gaining or losing by comparing it to [an initiative with no expungement clause]," Payne says.

He adds: "We certainly hope to pursue one that would release Jeff from jail because that's the greatest injustice right now occurring on a daily basis -- that someone is serving life without parole for a cannabis offense."

It's not just activists and victims of drug laws who are trying to make Missouri the next Colorado. Rep. Kelly's bill would also legalize and regulate marijuana, as well as make it possible for convicted marijuana offenders to be released.

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State Rep. Chris Kelly

In Kelly's proposal, marijuana offenders would be allowed to apply for expungement to the court that convicted them.

"If the court determines, upon review, that such individual has not been convicted of any other marijuana-related offense at the time of the application for expungement, the court shall enter an order of expungement.," the bill says.

A hearing for Kelly's bill has not yet been scheduled.

See also:
- St. Louisan Owns Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado and Hopes Missouri Legalizes, Too
- "Wanna Get High?" Asks Mayor Slay in Poll About Marijuana Legalization

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10 comments
Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

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

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Them shitbastards keep fucking us over and over

AmuseDouche11
AmuseDouche11

@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

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

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.

momule1213
momule1213

@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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