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Two Initiatives Filed in Missouri to ask Voters to "Show-Me Cannabis"

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Two ballot initiatives were filed with the Secretary of State in the state of Missouri on July 6, 2011, two days after Independence Day, that would legalize possession of marijuana by adults, allow for medical marijuana use, and create an agricultural hemp industry for this Midwest state. This ambitious endeavor has been undertaken by a group that calls themselves "Show-Me Cannabis", playing on Missouri's motto as the "Show-Me State". Their website can be found here.

One of the initiatives would amend the state's Constitution, while the other would revise the state's statutes. Once the Secretary of State's office approves the language of one, or both, initiatives the next step to get them on the November 2012 ballot would be signature gathering. The constitutional amendment would require the gathering of around 160,000 signatures by May of 2012 to be put on the ballot, while the initiative to revise state statutes would only need around 100,000 signatures by May of next year to make it to the ballot.

The initiative would remove marijuana from the state's list of controlled substances, legalize possession of marijuana for people over the age of 21, make no changes to the state's impaired driving laws, and will still allow employers in Missouri to fire anyone impaired on the job, treating the herb much like alcohol. The initiative also calls for the legalization of cultivation of marijuana, so that Missourians could grow up to 100 square feet of their favorite strain for their personal use. It would allow for commercial cultivation and sales as well, perhaps spurring growth in our ever shrinking economy. Another possible economy booster is the initiatives call for allowing Missouri farmers to grow agricultural hemp, giving farmers an avenue to grow a useful nitrogen fixing plant. A nitrogen fixing plant replenishes the soil with nitrogen, which is sometimes stripped from the soil by other agricultural crops. This makes hemp ideal for crop rotation. Finally, the initiative will allow for the use of medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.

Some Missourians feel that if this initiative is approved by voters, one can expect a drop in the numbers of drug related crimes in Columbia, and the entire state of Missouri, and that Missouri's law enforcement would be able to turn their attention to more serious crimes, such as violent crimes and the m*** labs that plague rural parts of the state.

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demp5294

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A shout out for Missouri HOO-RAH!!!!
 

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Two Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot
Missouri Secretary of State: News Release


Jefferson City, MO – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that two initiative petitions relating to cannabis have met state standards for circulation.

The ballot title for the first petition relating to cannabis reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

* legalize cannabis (commonly known as marijuana) for individuals 21 years or older;
* make medical cannabis available to individuals with a physician’s recommendation including those under 21 with parental or legal guardian consent and physician supervision;
* create licensing processes for operation of cannabis establishments;
* release individuals incarcerated or on probation or parole for non-violent, cannabis-only offenses which would no longer be illegal and expunge all records related to such offenses; and
* allow the legislature to enact a tax on the retail sale of dried cannabis up to $100 per pound?

Annual state government operating costs would increase by at least $1 million with the total increase being unknown. Those costs would be offset by an unknown increase in fee and tax revenues. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown with some increase in revenue possible.

The petition, which would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Mr. Dan Viets, 15 North 10th Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

The ballot title for the second petition relating to cannabis reads:

Shall Missouri law be amended to:

* legalize cannabis (commonly known as marijuana) for individuals 21 years or older;
* make medical cannabis available to individuals with a physician’s recommendation including those under 21 with parental or legal guardian consent and physician supervision;
* create licensing processes for operation of cannabis establishments;
* release individuals incarcerated or on probation or parole for non-violent, cannabis-only offenses which would no longer be illegal and expunge all records related to such offenses; and
* allow the legislature to enact a tax on the retail sale of dried cannabis up to $100 per pound?

Annual state government operating costs would increase by at least $1 million with the total increase being unknown. Those costs would be offset by an unknown increase in fee and tax revenues. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown with some increase in revenue possible.

The petition, which would amend Chapters 105, 195 and 263 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, was also submitted by Mr. Dan Viets, 15 North 10th Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2012 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. For statutory changes, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.

Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the Secretary of State’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.

Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

Join us, Ed Rosenthal, Ngaio Bealum and Americans for Forfeiture Reform for the fundraising event of the year! We will be raising money for cannabis reform in Missouri and California at the coolest new spot in Oakland The New Parish (That place Dave Chappelle did all those secret shows...)
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Holy schmoly, way to go MO! I bet Gov Nixon is about to have a heart attack. Unless getting his son off of possesion charges in September has softened him up a bit?
 
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