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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Endorses Missouri Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in 2016

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Show-Me State may be ready to legalize weed.
Is Missouri ready to join Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., in legalizing marijuana? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so.

The editorial board for St. Louis' metro daily newspaper has often supported legalizing pot, especially with this region's history of hemp agricultural production. But a week after Show-Me Cannabis filed the first round of paperwork to get the issue on the 2016 ballot, the Post-Dispatch published a piece headlined, "Editorial: Could pot legalization make Missouri's 2016 ballot? Let's hope so."

"Let the great pot debate of 2016 begin," the editorial says.

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Show-Me Cannabis Files Petition to Put Legal Weed on November 2016 Ballot

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2016 could be the year Missouri legalizes marijuana.
Missouri has taken the first step toward putting legal marijuana on the 2016 ballot.

As we reported Monday, Show-Me Cannabis planned to file the paperwork this week to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot. On Thursday, the Secretary of State's office announced that the group submitted an initiative petition to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow for the sale and use of marijuana.

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Why 2016 Could Be the Year Missouri Legalizes Marijuana

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Show-Me Cannabis plans to file paperwork this week for a ballot initiative that would ask Missouri voters to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. The filing with the Secretary of State's Office is just the beginning of what's expected to be a costly and arduous two-year campaign to get the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

This past February Show-Me Cannabis abandoned a similar ballot initiative scheduled for tomorrow's mid-term elections after polling indicated that 51 percent of Missouri voters still opposed legalization compared to 45 percent in favor.

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

John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, tells Daily RFT that his group now believes it stands a much better chance of passing the measure in 2016, a presidential election in which younger voters tend to show up to the polls in greater numbers. In addition, Payne's marijuana-reform organization believes that within two years the majority of Missourians -- not just younger voters -- should be in favor of legalizing pot.

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Candidate for Congress Demands Clemency for Jeff Mizanskey, Inmate Serving Life for Weed

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Nate Irvin is asking Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency to a man in prison for life for marijuana.
The Democratic candidate challenging Vicky Hartzler for her seat in the U.S. Congress is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency to Jeff Mizanskey, the man serving a life sentence for non-violent marijuana offenses.

Nate Irvin, 25, kicked off his support with a press conference Monday on the capitol lawn, where Mizanskey's brother Mike gave an emotional plea. Mizanskey, whose story is detailed in a Riverfront Times cover story, has been in jail for 21 years and has no possibility of parole.

After learning about Mizanskey's plight from Aaron Malin, the director of research for Show-Me Cannabis, Irvin said he wanted to use his race for Congress to shed light on Mizanskey's sentence, which he calls "excessive to the point of absurdity."


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Prison Work Crew Finds Million-Dollar Marijuana Stash On Side of Road

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Did you or somebody you know accidentally leave more than 600 pounds of marijuana on the side of a road? Because if you did, we have some bad news: Cops got it.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that a prison work crew cleaning up the side of a road near St. Joseph in northeast Missouri stumbled upon a substantial sativa stash.

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Lucky Break for Missouri Professor Who Made Bad Joke That Led to Arrest for Growing Pot

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A Missouri communications professor who broke the first rule of modern-day communications -- don't joke on Facebook about killing people -- got busted for growing marijuana. But the loose-lipped, green-thumbed prof got a break when a judge quashed the search warrant that led to the discovery of the homegrown operation.

The story started in August of last year when Matthew Rouch, who teaches at Northwest Missouri State, decided he'd do a little comedy. According to the Associated Press, Rouch responded to a colleague's post that he's always optimistic at the beginning of the semester, but "By October, I'll be wanting to get up to the top of the bell tower with a high powered rifle with a good scope, and probably a gatling gun as well."

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Government-Funded Wash. U. Study Claims Twitter Could Make Kids Smoke Marijuana

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If they tweet, will your kids smoke?
Washington University researchers spent eight months analyzing tweets about marijuana use and came to the conclusion that young people might be influenced by pictures of Spongebob Squarepants smoking weed.

In the study, which was paid for by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg led a three-person research team that analyzed thousands of tweets from @stillblazingtho, a popular Twitter account that mostly posts humorous memes about getting high. The account was chosen because it has more than 1 million followers, including pop star Rihanna.

And like Rihanna, the Wash. U. researchers say that many of @stillblazingtho's followers are young, which means its pro-marijuana messages are being inhaled by impressionable minds.

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5 Reasons Why Getting Marijuana Delivered in the Mail is Awesome

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Weed's here!
Police in St. Ann claim that legalized marijuana in other states are causing a big influx of weed to come into the area. But even if that's true, is it really a bad thing?

Stories like this pop-up around the country every few weeks. And ever since marijuana laws have progressed more towards sanity in states like Colorado and Washington, the threat that more weed will come into places where it's not legal has been a common complaint for people opposed to legalization. But whether or not legal weed in Colorado is making its way to St. Louis through the mail, it's never really explained why this is worse than illegal weed getting here from other places.

In fact, despite that whole federal crime for mailing controlled substances over the postal service, it's probably better. Much better for these five reasons:

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St. Louis Entrepreneur Gets You High on Love with Weed-Friendly Dating Site, My420Mate

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"Roses are red/weed is green/You're the prettiest stoner/I've ever seen."
Marijuana may not be legal in Missouri, but it can still help you find love.

The new dating website My420Mate.com launched in April (on 4/20, naturally) to connect marijuana users looking for romance, but who don't want to have the awkward "Do you smoke?" conversation.

"Some people might think it's just a dating site for hippies or stoners," says Jay Lindberg, 30, the St. Louis-based entrepreneur who cofounded the site. "This website is for people from all walks of life, from the medical-marijuana patients to casual smokers to business professionals who may be in the cannabis lifestyle but they keep it out of their professional life.

"This is a way they can connect with a potential spouse that is also accepting of their lifestyle."

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U.S. Congress Votes to Stop DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana, No Thanks to Missouri Reps

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Activists protest DEA raids on medical marijuana facilities in California.
In what is being hailed as a historic step forward for marijuana law reform, the U.S. Congress has voted in favor of an amendment that could end Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana facilities -- but don't give much credit to Missouri's representatives.

Twenty-one states have laws to allow marijuana for medicinal use, but the drug is still illegal under federal law and the DEA conducts regular raids on facilities that produce or sell it. However, California Republican Dana Rohrenbacher's amendment, which passed 219 to 189, prohibits the Department of Justice, including the DEA, from spending funds to obstruct states from implementing their own marijuana laws.

Of the 219 "yes" votes, 49 were Republican -- the highest vote count from the GOP for similar legislation (different versions of this bill have been proposed seven times since 2003, according to the Marijuana Policy Project).

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