Missouri ballot measures proposed to legalize marijuana

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | 7:54 a.m. CST; updated 9:42 a.m. CST, Tuesday, November 8, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Advocates can begin collecting signatures for two proposed Missouri ballot measures that would legalize marijuana.

The secretary of state's office said Monday the initiative petitions have been approved for circulation to get them on the 2012 ballot.

One proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to legalize cannabis for people 21 and older, allow doctors to recommend use of medicinal marijuana and release prison inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses related to cannabis. It would also allow the Legislature to enact a marijuana tax of up to $100 per pound.

The second proposal is similar but would enact a state law instead of amending the Missouri Constitution.

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David Sautner November 8, 2011 | 12:44 p.m.

OMG that would be mind blowing... literally lol!

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Sally Willis November 8, 2011 | 2:05 p.m.

I'm confused wouldn't this still be a federal crime?

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John Schultz November 8, 2011 | 2:20 p.m.

Yes, but should it be? Why did the feds think it necessary to amend the US Constitution to prohibit alcohol, but just need to pass a law to ban dope?

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mike mentor November 8, 2011 | 2:23 p.m.

This "right" minded person says legalize it. The problems caused by use are and would continue to be less than alcohol and the problems caused by the artificially inflated price because of it's illegal status, which are many, would all be solved.

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Derrick Fogle November 8, 2011 | 7:21 p.m.

The drug war kills people. The drug itself does not. Cannabis is one of the least toxic plants that grow on our planet. It has no achievable LD50.

Cannabis prohibition is the mental equivalent of a computer tech insisting that an entire building full of hundreds of computers must be destroyed, just because *one* of the computers got a virus. It's that stupid.

Yes, cannabis use causes problems. But it's a very mild drug, with mild effects and mild addictiveness. Very few people need rehab to kick. A couple days of appetite loss, insomnia, night sweats, and perhaps irritability are the worst common symptoms of withdrawal. Even Nixon's commission concluded cannabis simply wasn't a significant problem.

Yet roughly half of all "drug war" activities are focused on cannabis alone. Cannabis prohibition has cost our country well over a half $Trillion dollars so far. The DEA is the single worst performing federal government agency in terms of achieving it's stated goals. It's classic "Big Government" meddling that distorts markets, wastes money, causes corruption and violence, and ruins far more lives than the drug itself ever could.

Now, because of ridiculous forfeiture laws (your property can still be taken without you actually being charged or convicted of any crime), Law Enforcement has actually become addicted, dependent, on the black market value and continued distribution of this drug to fund operations. Ironic. AND stupid.

Legalize it, regulate it, and move our attention to efforts that do less damage to society than the War on Cannabis.

Of course that won't happen in our state of Misery anytime soon. Even if a ballot initiative measure passed, it would go the way of the CCA and puppy mill votes. The legislature would just ignore the will of the people and nullify the law.

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Jay Thompson November 19, 2011 | 3:39 p.m.

As much as I would love to hear and see "Cannabis" legal and open for trade as well research and agricultural uses, I fear its use as a tool and weapon will not full from the hands that now hold it as such. for many years "WE" have been "misinformed" and "lied" to by the very people "WE" in-powered to keep us safe and healthy.
Research has been done and that information was most times hidden or just not let into the Public's hands by the very same people (Group) you are now "asking" to legalize it?.
The research and information is out there people, you have to want to "learn" before you can be shown any truths.
The net is now our biggest help as it is a means to information on a world wide scale and is going out faster than they can stop it now, here is one way they are trying to stop "Freedom" of your information, knowledge

I will do all I am able to stop the lies and get the information out but it will take people wanting to know the truth before "WE" as a people can see and truth as a people.

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Nikki Dawes November 21, 2011 | 1:16 p.m.

I think legalizing weed would be a good idea, it would cause that much less problems because everyone can access it. Warn the people of the possible effects, then let them make informed decisions on their own. Weed is much less dangerous then current legal synthetic weeds which on firsthand experience can cause pyschotic episodes. And seriously negatively effect the user. Please the government should take a closer look at underlying problems besides weed which has come under too much negative scrutiny because of lack of research.

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