Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Filed

Activists with Show-Me Cannabis have been crisscrossing Missouri to lay the groundwork for marijuana legalization, and now, they've taken the next step. Columbia-based attorney Dan Viets, the group's chairman Wednesday filed a series of initiatives that would legalize marijuana via a constitutional amendment.

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The initiatives are all variations on a theme; all would legalize marijuana for persons 21 and over, but vary on the number of plants allowed to be grown, whether convictions of previous offenders should be expunged, and how to regulate advertising. Show-Me Cannabis Reform will do polling to see which has the most support among Missourians.

The initiative petitions must be approved by the secretary of state's office, and after that, the office has 10 days to approve draft ballot summary language. Even if approved, initiative supporters face a daunting task. To qualify for the ballot, organizers must collect the signatures of roughly 320,000 registered voters by May 4 and they must gather signatures from at least 8% of registered voters in six of the state's eight US congressional districts.

Show-Me Cannabis Reform has commissioned polling that shows majority support for marijuana legalization. A September 2012 poll had legalization winning 50%-45%, with support climbing to 54% when respondents were given more information. Still, that is outside the comfort level for most initiative-watchers, who will argue that initiatives should be polling at least 60% at the beginning of the campaign.

But Show-Me Cannabis Reform is undaunted and moving forward. While some marijuana reform-friendly state legislators would prefer that lawmakers deal with the issue instead of voters, the group doesn't want to wait for the legislature to get around to it.

"We believe the legislature is totally out of touch with the voters of Missouri on this," Viets told the Columbia Missourian Wednesday.

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Something that is not often

Something that is not often talked about in legalization is that prohibition can do so much to harm the relationships between family members and friends between people who don't smoke weed and people who do. It's so stupid and so absurd and so harmful. It's exasperating. I can't wait to live in a world where marijuana is legal. 

if your family understands

if your family understands you for drinking obviously they should understand you for weed 

Herb

It's Herb.

Very well said.

Very well said.

Don't worry about the

Don't worry about the polling, the conversation has to start somewhere.

Polls showed a 7% jump in

Polls showed a 7% jump in California (from 45 to 52), 6% jump in Florida (from 42 to 48), compared to last year. (These numbers were for general legalization, not tax/regulation). So assuming if Missouri has experienced a similar jump, they should be pretty close to 60%.

Polls showed a 7% jump in

Polls showed a 7% jump in California (from 45 to 52), 6% in Florida (from 42 to 48), compared to last year. (These numbers were for general legalization, not tax/regulation). So assuming if Missouri has experienced a similar jump, they should be pretty close to 60%.

Legalize it so that the

Legalize it so that the federal government can't do shit to anyone about it. Why do cigarettes and alcohol get to be legal when all they do is kill and destroy people. All pot does is make you happy and hungry. It was given to us for medicinal purposes after all.

Bible Belt

I see this passing in the urban areas of KC, St. Louis and Springfield but unfortunately, I see the religio-right folks in the rural areas shooting it down. I've informally polled some of these people both from Missouri and Kansas and the prevailing attitude seems to be that it's OK to be a drunken hillbilly but don't you DARE smoke marijuana. 

At least three generations of

At least three generations of Americans have been exposed to the constant stream of 99.9% pure BS that the powers that be have put out about cannabis, and upwards of 100 million have had the first hand opportunity to discover its relative harmlessness compared to many OTC and prescription drugs.

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