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State Rep. Stanley Cox Says Missouri's Marijuana Laws Are Just Fine the Way They Are

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Rep. Stan Cox is hard on drugs.
State Rep. Stanley Cox says he wants to improve Missouri's criminal code, as long as those improvements don't include more lenient marijuana laws.

And if there's anybody who knows how harsh Missouri's drug laws are, it's Cox -- he was one of the attorneys involved in the case of Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only inmate serving life without parole for marijuana charges.

The Republican from Sedalia is upset that within a 1,000-page bill is a little piece of legislation that would reduce the penalty for possessing less than 35 grams of marijuana for nonviolent, first-time offenders. Under the proposed legislation, the maximum penalty one would receive is a $500 fine. Under current law, offenders face one year in prison.

Cox tells Daily RFT that he doesn't want the marijuana laws to change. But if lawmakers want to debate changing them, they should vote solely on the marijuana laws themselves, not make changes by including them in a massive bill.

"I think punishment should be the same as it is today until the General Assembly votes up and down to change it," Cox says. "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. And my argument is there should be an up and down vote on reducing the crime of possession of drugs."

See also: St. Louisan Owns Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado and Hopes Missouri Legalizes, Too

Cox just wants transparency, he adds: "When [voters] elect people and send them to Jefferson City, we should know what our representatives are doing for us."

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Cox says, "Just say no."

Cox's views on marijuana laws are noteworthy. Not only is he the head of the House Judiciary Committee, but the attorney-turned-lawmaker has worked marijuana cases as the Pettis County prosecutor between 1979 and 1982 and as a defense attorney in private practice. Most notably, in 1993 he represented Atilano Quintana, the co-defendent in the Jeff Mizanskey case, which has been extensively covered in the Riverfront Times.

Many people around Missouri, as well as the country, have expressed outrage over Mizanskey -- the only inmate in Missouri serving a life without parole sentence for solely marijuana charges. We asked Cox if he thinks Mizanskey's sentence was fair and is a good policy to have in the Show-Me state.

Click on the next page to read what Cox says about the Mizanskey case...


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BitterReality
BitterReality

Since only a psychopathic traitor would destroy someones life over a plant, perhaps its time to take out the psycho's.

wsw911
wsw911

So where is Jeff Mizanskey right now...today?  I can't find him on Missouri DOC inmate locating website.

gbbrent
gbbrent

Free Jeff Mizanskey NOW!!!!!


PASS IT ON


gbbrent
gbbrent

Sadistic Mr. Prick! ( Cox-Prick.... what's the difference?) He reminds me of that crusty old guy from the Simpsons. 

One good thing to think about is the fact that this creep can't have too many years left.

Coinspinner
Coinspinner

Can't we get rid of big-government lunatics like this one?  Even for MO this guy is too stupid for words.

Karl Richards
Karl Richards

Out of touch politician who won't get reelected. Same thing happened to the mayor of Alton when he tried shutting down our towns burlesque shows...He was ousted. Don't get upset about this guy. Just vote him out!

Jerry Talken
Jerry Talken

He probably wants to teach our kids that the earth was created only 6,000 years ago too!

Wilda Koester
Wilda Koester

I think every law should be voted on its own merits, not slipped into another, unrelated piece of legislation. I also think the law on pot should be given up. It's not much worse than alcohol.

Scott Hedges
Scott Hedges

Even if you want to believe in keeping it illegal they have failed for decades fuck you if you want it kept illegal. The war on drugs has failed move on

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

time for him to be voted off of the island

Dan Wilson
Dan Wilson

Imagine what this guy looks like with no hair dye...like a balding grayed haired old man. He does not rep. me in the slightest bit !

John Null
John Null

Looks like the face of someone who doesn't want to be re-elected.

Chris Vose
Chris Vose

Think of pot as being already legal. Now, try to come up with reasons why it should be illegal. Hard, right? What's that tell you?

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

He's from Sedalia- smalltown mentality. Lol! That says it all.

Travis Maurer
Travis Maurer

Oh yeah! Paramilitary style home invasions, asset forfeiture and lengthy criminal sentences are what America was meant to be. He should ask any HS kid what the easiest drug to get is (maybe besides their parents prescription pills). And the life sentence of Mizanskey has scared everyone away from dealing pot in Mo. Now excuse me while I go select which strain I'm going to smoke in Missouri.

Andy Sims
Andy Sims

No, I think they are not fine.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

does he support the heroin supply from Afghanistan???

Ed Gibson
Ed Gibson

well look at him...he has his scotch and legal painkillers so he's doin just fine

wrexs
wrexs

House Bill 1659

bobhicks137
bobhicks137

Illegals throw away 100 bales when border police are chasing them, when they get away, they go pick up another bale to move across...cost of doing business, 100 lbs is a drop in the bucket!

bill.streeter
bill.streeter topcommenter

"Specifically on marijuana, there is a lot of scientific studies of how it negatively affects adolescent users of marijuana. If we put another legal drug in our society, the young people will take it and it will have adverse effects." Wrong. Nobody is advocating making it legal for adolescents to use or possess. That piece of red herring smells pretty bad, Senator. Please put it away and never take it out again. One might also argue that the legal ramifications of having a drug conviction is far more harmful than the drug itself. 

Michael Lurins
Michael Lurins

His last name says it all. (someone should tell him he's spelling it wrong)

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

laws in a free country who hired this moron bible thumping mormoms?

Bo Harrison
Bo Harrison

Their r to much money being made. When I was younger first plate I saw in a back yard in St Louis

Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor

we only need three or four laws.. smoking a plant isnt one of them.

brioneduardo73
brioneduardo73

Despite his extensive education and experience, Cox isn't qualified to leave the pickles off my hamburger, let alone participate in making decisions for all Missourians. I very much hope that the legislative seat he currently soils will soon be occupied by somebody who adheres to values of character and integrity.


Even more important: FREE JEFF MIZANSKEY!!!! NOW!!! 

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Vote this guy out, in fact, let's fund his opposition.

George Cameron
George Cameron

Why do politicians think their opinions on anything matter? They work for us, right? Well, they're supposed to, anyway, but an increasingly-apathetic population just stops holding these self-interested jackoffs accountable and thus, we end up in the mess we're in. It saddens me that we've put on our own shackles. :(

Katherine Lawson
Katherine Lawson

How can this even be? I don't care about his personal life, but his actions effect the lives of so many.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

That's the face of a man with skeletons in his closet

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

Someone needs to tell him that probation never works and he lost the war.

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13


from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades,  time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

Ash Hinkle
Ash Hinkle

I think the senator is confused...his entire job relys on representing the people who elected him. The people want legal weed. Why is this even a question?

David Emrick
David Emrick

Waaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaa..Michael J Keller..how's that change workin out for ya??...dope

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