Missouri town passes marijuana ordinance by phone-in votes

Monday, February 23, 2009 | 10:49 a.m. CST; updated 12:58 p.m. CST, Monday, February 23, 2009

CLIFF VILLAGE — The mayor of a southwest Missouri village is defending the method town leaders used to pass an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana.

Cliff Village Mayor Joe Blundell said that the board members were each called on the phone Feb. 1 to cast their votes on the ordinance. . He said he believes he acted appropriately under village bylaws that say the mayor can call a special meeting "any time, period."

Some residents have criticized the 30-year-old mayor after discovering there was no posted notice of a special meeting, which is required by the Missouri's Sunshine Law.

The village board voted 3-2 to approve the marijuana ordinance.

Blundell has said the ordinance is strictly symbolic, designed to show grass-roots support to encourage Missouri to join the already 13 states who have legalized medical marijuana.


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