Southwest Missouri village approves medical marijuana

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | 1:18 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — A small southwest Missouri village has passed an ordinance allowing the use of medical marijuana.

Mayor Joe Blundell says Cliff Village, with a population of about four dozen people, is showing grass-roots support for Missouri to legalize medical marijuana.

Cliff Village's ordinance allows someone with a doctor's approval to possess a few ounces of marijuana and grow a few plants.

Columbia passed a similar ordinance in 2004.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland, whose deputies patrol Cliff Village, told The Kansas City Star that he will continue to follow state law that says it's illegal to possess or grow or distribute marijuana.

Blundell said his interest in medical marijuana comes from a painful past injury from a train accident that left him in a wheelchair.


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Sarah Perkins February 11, 2009 | 8:47 p.m.

Mayor Joe Blundell has posted a blog at to keep the discussion going as well as take active steps to legalizing MO House Bill #277. Thanks for all your support!

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Ray Shapiro February 11, 2009 | 10:01 p.m.

Cliff Village is a town of about 4 dozen people.
The mayor, who clearly benefits from "medical marijuana," creates an ordinance which allows someone, with a doctor's note, to possess a few ounces of maryjane and grow a few plants.
The Sheriff, will continue to follow State law, that says it's illegal to possess, grow or distribute weed.
Will Cliff Village suddenly become a "boom town" where pot heads seek out doctors' notes to break state law?

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