By Aaron Malin
Columbia First Ward Councilperson Ginny Chadwick resigned at a Columbia City Council meeting. The resignation, effective at noon today, comes after after a coalition of community groups successfully submitted enough petition signatures to trigger an April recall vote. Chadwick’s nine-month tenure in office was plagued by questionable votes and a disregard for her constituency.
The final straw that triggered her recall was her vote against an ordinance that would have added cultivation of two cannabis plants to Columbia’s marijuana decriminalization ordinance, a law that has been on Columbia’s books for a decade. Chadwick cast the tie-breaking vote against the measure after publicly promising to support the ordinance during her campaign.
Politicians in Missouri, and across the country, face a new political reality. Cannabis reform activists have shown they will hold politicians accountable for their campaign promises and votes regarding cannabis law reform. The successful removal of Councilwoman Chadwick from office over her anti-cannabis-reform vote demonstrates the growing political force that our movement represents.