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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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Stan Cox's website
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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jameshorton20
jameshorton20

As a person who has a Terminal illness and that is dieing of a rear chronic lung disease that has 24/7 chronic pain I can honestly say that if it wasn't for Marijuana I wouldn't still be able too wake up and face everyday with the pain I stuffer. Marijuana helps me be able to live and have a dissent day to be the best husband and father I can be. I nor do the Doctor know how much longer I will live with this but I hope and pray everyday that they do legalize marijuana to help others like me and no one should judge someone cause if you would see me and not know that I have this terminal illness I look like a normal person. I truly believe that marijuana does help people

nature
nature

i have degenerative arthritis degenerative disc disease i have degenerative bone disease i have degenerative joint disease. i have 2 known eating disorders an one created by the other 2. i have a rapid weight loss problem can lose 6 pounds overnight. i have 3 herniated discs in my neck 2 herniated discs in lower back. when i was smoking weed i took no medicines. none and i had no pain. i smoked it once a day every day before i went to bed, when i was in an eating spell (couldn't eat without throwing up) i smoked it 30 minutes before each meal. now that i can no longer smoke weed, i am taking heart medicine, muscle relaxers daily, pain meds anti nausea meds nerve blockers, i have to wear neck collar at least once a week for at least 2 days an can no longer do anything can not lift or carry am not even suppose to be in a car more than 15 minutes. i can not sit for very long can not stand in one spot without moving do to pain can not walk long distances. before when i was smoking weed i had none of these pains i mean none. i beleive weed is a all natural god given gift an when it becomes legal i will no longer take these man made pills that are killing me. think about that for a while.

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. ;)

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.

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.

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 .

supreme83
supreme83

@Cjmacintosh You're a liar and loser living in your mother's basement. I know exactly who you are you stupid troll lol. Your grammar is horrible showing you have little to no education or desire to ever have one. You don't even know the difference between there's and theirs, just FYI  "there's" = "there is" and "theirs" =  shared ownership ie the car was theirs. Get it? Enjoy your horrible life, just remember lying on the internet does not make it so in real life. You're vs Your will be your next lesson. 

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