Legalized Marijuana in Missouri Unlikely for 2014, But There's Still Some Hope

"We have a larger presence than ever at the Capitol, and I believe there is a good chance that the legislature will vote to reduce penalties on cannabis possession this year," Payne says. "Industrial hemp and medical cannabis are also garnering more legislative interest than in years past, and we could see some progress on those fronts, but passing either will be an uphill battle."

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Harvesting industrial hemp is legal pretty much everywhere except the U.S.

Despite Show Me Cannabis' decision to postpone its effort to get a legalization on the ballot this year, Missourians still have a chance for reform with recent proposals from representatives Rory Ellinger and Chris Kelly, both Democrats.

Kelly has proposed a bill that would fully legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol, but even he isn't very optimistic about it.

"Passing is possible, but unlikely," he tells the Columbian Missourian.

Ellinger has proposed a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and allow its use for medical purposes. That proposal has been assigned to Republican representative Stanley Cox's judiciary committee and needs to be voted on in order to progress through the legislative channels.

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Rep. Cox says he supports a vote on marijuana reform, but hasn't allowed a vote to go through.

Cox made a fuss recently when he said he vehemently opposed the insertion of marijuana-reform legislation into state's massive crime bill because he preferred that marijuana has a separate vote for transparency purposes.

See also: State Rep. Stanley Cox Says Missouri's Marijuana Laws Are Just Fine the Way They Are
- Why Won't Governor Nixon Say Anything About Marijuana Reform?

"I think it's a cowardly thing to do, to include in a 1,000-page bill on a controversial issue that you're not willing to vote on up and down specifically," Cox told Daily RFT earlier this month.

We called and e-mailed Cox to ask him if he plans on holding an up and down committee vote on Ellinger's bill, but the lawmaker from Sedalia did not respond. But marijuana reformers would like to see Cox give the proposal a chance at the democratic process.

"I hope Cox heeds his own advice and allows a hearing and vote on the cannabis decriminalization proposal currently assigned to his committee," Payne says.

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sdh71059
sdh71059

Just legalize. It does a lot of good. People drink and drive., and have horrible wrecks. People that smoke . They dont have tgat issue. Not just that. Its medical purposesone more thing God put this plant on earth. , for a purpose! Have a great day!

mikeymandel
mikeymandel

@RiverfrontTimes sad. Uneducated people further change. Does your congress etc... represent you? Probly not there all millionaires#education

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

Anybody thinking that putting any kind of smoke in your body is not harmful there brain is fried !

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

THEIRS no hope for dope , if it is medicine why do we have to include smoke shops, it should only be in the hands of a professional Dr ,hospital ,pharmacy! Not for you pot heads in your moms basement !

bradmorrismma
bradmorrismma

Show Me Cannabis will continue to fail us and will no longer be the leading Legalization group. Search for Marijuana in Missouri Vote YES www.facebook.com/420Missouri we need to work together to solve this problem.

treeofliberty
treeofliberty

When I read the article that was exactly what I was thinking and was going to post, then started reading the posts. There are still 4 states set to have it on the ballot at the end of this year. What this will give is 2 more years of time for legalization advocates to carefully campaign and build even stronger support for it, because there will be at least 2 or 3 more states by the end of 2014 that will pass recreational legalization and that will even add to the support for what's coming in 2016. I think 2016 is going to be a HUGE year for seeing recreational legalization pass. In my opinion I think by the end of 2016 the US will have at least 10 states with recreational legalization and every year after that there will be so much anger and pressure behind getting the rest of the non-legal states to be legal that people will see a few more states get it passed in off-election years beginning in 2017- and every year thereafter. By the end of 2020 I predict that every state will have recreational legalization. The southern bible states are the states that will be the very last ones to see legalization, sadly, that's because of their old fashioned conservative values but even their politicians will succumb to the pressure for legalization.By the presidential election year of 2020, that's when I think the final end to marijuana arrests will be nationwide. I feel really strong about that, it could be even sooner if the Feds reschedule it.

Barbara Ewing
Barbara Ewing

It's better than drinking booze it doesn't leave you with a hangover

Barbara Ewing
Barbara Ewing

You got that right meth is the worst along with cracked coca in you never heard of cannabis killing any one or over dosing from cannabis which is weed dying from it .It's helping different one's with different problems

Brian Funk
Brian Funk

who the hell is saying they oppose it

Jerimy Mcconnell
Jerimy Mcconnell

wonder who they phone polled, no one called me or anyone i know about it.

T.J. Jordan
T.J. Jordan

I press for it everyday, we need more open minded people in Missouri. They hear the negative effects of marijuana and think it leads to crime, overdose, accidents, etc......facts are it's the opposite. Don't believe the fiction learn the facts people and please vote Yes. Mo needs this. Colorado and Washington are still states and haven't burned to the ground. Just my opinion everyone has one so I won't argue yours.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

2016 will bring out more voters because is a presidential election. 2014 doesn't even have a senate election. Excitement for elections for state reps from this effort's main demographics isn't high. ;)

Justin Wagner
Justin Wagner

And these tea party people are for less government intrusion on people's lives....

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Stinks that most St. Louisans want it legalized (as evidenced in the poll Mayor Slay did), but middle MO just isn't on board. You'd think the agricultural folks in the middle of the state would welcome a new cash crop that's so easy to grow. I'd rather they were growing weed out there than making meth.

Aidan Waymon
Aidan Waymon

Twenty states plus the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow people to use medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. It's pretty sad that in the capital of our country medical marijuana is legal but yet it's still such a hard thing to pass the same laws in the rest of the country. I just don't understand what is going on? Does anyone else?

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

God also put petroleum on the planet hows that working out !

g0006
g0006

Your grammar is fried.

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

neither one of them is good for you ,no smoking in your body is good for you!

I just lost my mother to cigarettes and my best friend to marijuana smoke ! yes it says it on his death certificate respiratory failure , and I know for a fact he did not drink for ever smoke a cigarette in his life!

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

FACT: According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), in 2010 there were over 572,000 marijuana-involved admissions to hospital emergency rooms. The same report inddicated that during the same timeframe, an estimated 11,406 emergency department visits involved a synthetic cannabinoid product, sometimes referred to as "synthetic marijuana" and commonly known by street names such as "Spice" or "K2".

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

I just lost my best friend to marijuana smoke ! yes it says it on his death certificate respiratory failure , and I know for a fact he did not drink for ever smoke a cigarette in his life! Researchers calculate that if 120,000 deaths are caused among 13million smokers, the corresponding figure among 3.2million cannabis smokers would be 30,000.

The drug can cause cancer, lung disease and abnormalities associated with serious mental illness.

Users are up to six times more likely to develop schizophrenia.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-179264/Cannabis-kills-30-000-year.html#ixzz2u1X2Q3gN

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bradmorrismma
bradmorrismma

Find us on Facebook Marijuana in Missouri Vote YES

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

just watched the show the other night about all the home invasions in the area were they grow a marijuana , why buy pot when you can steal it by gun point

bradmorrismma
bradmorrismma

www.facebook.com/420Missouri Like Marijuana in Missouri Vote YES

treeofliberty
treeofliberty

When I read the article that was exactly what I was thinking and was going to post, then started reading the posts. There are still 4 states set to have it on the ballot at the end of this year. What this will give is 2 more years of time for legalization advocates to carefully campaign and build even stronger support for it, because there will be at least 2 or 3 more states by the end of 2014 that will pass recreational legalization and that will even add to the support for what's coming in 2016. I think 2016 is going to be a HUGE year for seeing recreational legalization pass. In my opinion I think by the end of 2016 the US will have at least 10 states with recreational legalization and every year after that there will be so much anger and pressure behind getting the rest of the non-legal states to be legal that people will see a few more states get it passed in off-election years beginning in 2017- and every year thereafter. By the end of 2020 I predict that every state will have recreational legalization. The southern bible states are the states that will be the very last ones to see legalization, sadly, that's because of their old fashioned conservative values but even their politicians will succumb to the pressure for legalization.By the presidential election year of 2020, that's when I think the final end to marijuana arrests will be nationwide. I feel really strong about that, it could be even sooner if the Feds reschedule it.

willquantrill63
willquantrill63

Our ancestors grew tons of it on their plantations. Its a shame its a criminal offense.

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

Is that all you got , grow up we all out of high school time to quit the kiddie dope and get out of your moms basement !

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

See to people like you drugs is the answer , now grow up we all out of high school now !

thewohlerts
thewohlerts

I'm sorry about your mom and friend, but rest assured marijuana did not cause his death.  It is not a carcinogen.

scientiapotentia
scientiapotentia

@Cjmacintosh  you sound completely full of shit.... i'm sorry, but in between bragging about all your supposed riches wrought from a strict, drug-free existence which no druggie could ever hope to obtain, and then your barrage of statistical "facts" from organizations whose very existence depends on their strong bias to keeping drugs illegal, you nonchalantly drop this fairy tale story about your "best friend" dying from marijuana smoke, even though the medical examiner (highly trained medical doctor) says otherwise. And likely they would, since reporting "death by marijuana intoxication/poisoning" would likely get them laughed right out of their profession, SINCE MARIJUANA USE ITSELF HAS NEVER KILLED ANYONE, IN ALL OF RECORDED MEDICAL HISTORY. PERIOD. NOT ONLY THAT, MARIJUANA HAS BEEN SAID TO BE, "ONE OF THE SAFEST, THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO MAN" BY THE DEA'S VERY OWN STUDIES, AND RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC PEER-REVIEW OF RELEVANT STUDIES HAS CONFIRMED, REPEATEDLY, THE VERY LOW HEALTH RISK OF MARIJUANA USE TO INDIVIDUAL'S PERSONAL AND/OR THE PUBLIC HEALTH AS A WHOLE. 


And if he was your "best friend", and he smoked marijuana, how exactly does this honor his memory?  Or even better, how would you and this hypothetical person have been friends in lieu of his appreciation of, and your obvious distaste of the use of marijuana?  


FACT:  In 2014 there were over 245,031,591 bullshit stories posted on the internet. Of those approximately 95% were shown to cite skewed, biased, or fabricated statistics which 93% of reviewers believed to be true because 85% of the time people always believe what they read.



thewohlerts
thewohlerts

This is just one good reason to consider legalizing.

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

and this comes from the same people that had black slaves

jeremycarrel
jeremycarrel

@Cjmacintosh  He has a point you know? You have no clue what people do with their lives when they smoke weed or what kind of person they are and also have no room to judge them. You are very ignorant person in particular assuming these types of things and yes your grammar is terrible. I don't think you should ever smoke weed because one thing it does not fix is stupid.

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

Really I am 52 retired , have $ 700,000.00 lake house ,my 425,000.00 home is paid off around 100,000.00 in cars and toys a motor home and 1,200,000.00 in CDs so if your life is better than mine your richer than F uck but I really think you a loser with no hope , Now grow up and get some sun the POP TARTS will be waiting for you in your moms basement !

kellymarie1
kellymarie1

Whatever bro! Don't hate on us stoners because we got better lives than you!

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

I was standing next to him when he choked to death , also a dump truck driver was high turned a corner to wide killing a 79 year old lady I just you would not count that as related to pot !

Cjmacintosh
Cjmacintosh

So there will be more places to rob , they use aerial maps to find the growers .

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