Legalize Marijuana in Missouri: Cannabis Initiatives Submitted to Secretary of State
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 07/09/2011 in Medical Marijuana Laws
Will marijuana be legalized in Missouri? It’s definitely in the works. Just two days ago, Missouri advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis filed two petitions with the Secretary of State’s office in Jefferson City, MO, which would:
- regulate cannabis similar to alcohol
- allow medical use with physician approval
- create an agricultural hemp industry in the Show Me State
The two initiatives are almost identical, but one would create an amendment to the Missouri Constitution while the other would only suggest a change of statutes.
The Secretary of State’s office will notify Show-Me Cannabis via formal approval or formal rejection of the petitions in about one month. If it is approved, advocates can begin collecting the signatures needed to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot. And then the people of Missouri will decide the fate of marijuana in the state. With recent polling in Missouri showing that the majority of voters support medical marijuana and 47% support broader regulated legalization, it looks like these initiatives stand a good chance.
This isn’t the only state looking to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use at the state level. California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington all expect to see similar initiatives on their respective November 2012 ballots. And let’s not forget that Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, M.D., and Democrat Barney Frank filed a bill with the U.S. Congress last month that would end federal criminal prohibition of cannabis and allow states to regulate marijuana as they wish.
For those wanting to know more about the initiatives in Missouri, check out the Show-Me Cannabis website and get involved! Show-Me Cannabis is an association of organizations and individuals who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does. Organizations involved with Show-Me Cannabis include the Missouri Affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; NORML chapters in St. Louis, Kansas City, Joplin and MSSU-Joplin and UM-Columbia, Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UM-Columbia and MSSU-Joplin and Sensible Missouri.