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Missouri Senator Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill


Maria Chappelle-Nadal marijuanaMissouri is high on my list of states that could legalize marijuana by the end of 2016. Missouri has the strongest campaign team I have ever seen (Show-Me Cannabis), and I always say that if they can legalize in Missouri, they will prove that any state can do the same. Unlike Western and Northeastern states, where views towards cannabis are generally more liberal, Missouri is in the heart of America where reefer madness is much more prevalent.

Possession of over 35 grams of marijuana is a felony in Missouri subject to a prison sentence of up to seven years and a $5,000 fine. Missouri is home to Jeff Mizanskey, who is serving a life prison sentence for marijuana only offenses. Needless to say Missouri needs marijuana reform in a bad way. That’s why I’m happy to report that Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has introduced a marijuana legalization bill to the Missouri Legislature. Per KTRS:

In a release, the senator says she has based her legislation on the Colorado plan. The group Show-Me Cannabis, who lobbies for the legalization of the drug, tells KTRS they support the legislation and say “Missouri arrests 20,000 people each year for marijuana offenses, and a disturbingly disproportionate number of those arrests come from minority communities.”

Below is the press release Maria Chappelle-Nadal issued after introducing the legislation:

Today, Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) introduced legislation that would legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

“After much thought, deliberation, and research, I have concluded that Missouri must begin the process of legalizing marijuana in order to reap the multiple associated economic and societal benefits,” Chappelle-Nadal stated.

Chappelle-Nadal’s legislation is based on Colorado’s model, which tracks every aspect of production and taxes at the point of sale.  Last month alone, Colorado received over $8.5 million in new tax revenue from the sale of legal marijuana. The new law would help Missouri better fund education, healthcare and other pressing needs for underserved communities.

Legalization would create jobs on a significant scale.

“Most of all, this is a free-market jobs bill,” stated Chappelle-Nadal.  “This is the definition of economic development.”

Over and above the proven medical and economic benefits, legalization offers societal advantages too compelling to ignore.  Recent studies suggest marijuana may help decrease instances of domestic violence and also reduce the number of painkiller overdoses.

Chappelle-Nadal’s legalization would also save the state money on law enforcement, prisons, and courts, while at the same time helping collapse a dangerous and sometimes violent underground market.

“Missouri has the chance to be at the forefront of an emerging industry, creating jobs in both rural and urban areas of this state,” said Chappelle-Nadal. “We simply cannot afford to be behind the curve on this issue any longer.”

For more information on Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s legislative efforts, visit her official Senate website atwww.senate.mov.gov/chappelle-nadal.


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  1. I really hope they legal the marijuana in Missouri
    Because it helps people with health problems
    Even me I have PAD (panic attacks disorders)
    Only thing that really helps me is marijuana
    So I really hope they do legal it!

    Bree :)

  2. Okay people, we all live here and we all know David is projecting his feelings about himself or his state onto the people of and state of Missouri. Let’s ignore him and focus on the process of getting marijuana legalized. There are so many things the tax money could go toward. it could help with the infrastructure, education, jobs and many more needs. Missouri is a beautiful state filled with intelligent people let’s act that way, and ignore people that don’t know what they’re talking about. Instead of giving David all of our energy let’s put that energy towards getting marijuana legalized by the state. There are so many people with chronic health problems that marijuana could help for example; cancer patients, chronic back pain, arthritis and that’s just to name a few
    It is something that should have been done along time ago, the only problem is that the higher-ups probably have their hands in the money. Let’s not care about all of this, instead let’s work on doing whatever it takes to get it legalized In Missouri. For the health benefits of many and for the money it will bring to the state in tax dollars.

  3. Actually before moving here I researched Missouri stats in most all things Missouri ranks in the middle. This includes education, crime, and poverty. You want bad states for these go to Mississipi or Louisiana.

  4. Goodbud your a faggot. Missourians deserve the right to have legalization just like any other state . ?

  5. I have chronic pain and smoking pot stop’s the Pain but yet you’re right if only we could get rid of the meth heads this place would be great but think about what you said every state has meth coke heroine synthetic smoke in it to so don’t blame us Missourians of having nothing good for real as for you David goodbud your opinion is just fine. My opinion is moving here from Vegas was a huge step up in some ways. The country and Forrest and birds and animals. There are all sorts of diverse individuals that make it an interesting place. A world class brewery. Massive cave system. Stars come from all around. You obviously met some one that wasn’t to friendly or something but you should give it another try.

  6. You know what Bitch you ever come near me taking that trash I’d shoot your punk ass in the face you don’t know shit I’ve lived here all my life it’s the best state I’ve ever been too. Your a real piece of shit talking trash.

  7. It’s more than crumbs and what’s your estimated timetable for when an initiative more to your liking (and mine) will be able to get on the ballot and win in Missouri?

  8. David, you don’t have to be mad anymore, they already legalized gay marriage. Now it the tokers turn a-hole.

  9. Maria Palombi on

    Good!!! We don’t want your ass here in our state! You sound like a real piece of shit! Stay wherever you’re at and annoy those poor people!

  10. Oh David Goodbud, you under estimate Missourians. It’s so sad that you think that way, because we know what beauty and hardwork is here in the heartland. Here we would cherish two lake lots and not take it for granted like a imature and judgmemtal person like yourself. Oh and honey, if anyone knew how to grow anything it would be us, sorry to bust your bubble Dummy, I mean David. #missouri #davidisstupid #schooled

  11. Anyone who calls everyone in a whole fucking state “dumb” needs to evaluate their own god-damned intelligence.

  12. Chris Bremmer on

    In 3 years it is expected to be legal in all 50 states. Untill then I guess I’m considered a law breaker. I am a good citizen who harms no one. I am also okay with smoking behind closed doors untill they do legalize it here. If this was 200 years ago we would have done something like throwing bales of it in the boston harbor to get it re-legalized quicker. Its not. So we wait for our good senators and reps to hear our voices. So speak up proudly, like the good people of the rainbow flag did for their marriage rights. Be proud and loud.

  13. Chris Bremmer on

    I agree, Missouri is not a great place to live. That is all I agree with that you have said. You are a ignorant and obsesive person, with no regard for anyone other than yourself. I was not only born and raised in Missouri, I have traveled a lot as well. I’ve spent time in great states like Colorado and Montana, been offered hospitality in Alabama and experienced the same thimgs here as well. Also, not only am I literate, my job is (drumrol, bitch) A NARRATOR FOR AUDIBLE. I get paid more than you probably collect in goverment support for your horrible children. I’m just assuming this about you. Just like you assumed things about me. Nice job pissing off an entire state. We just want to smoke weed legally. I need it medicinally so I can cancel my anxiety meds. Meds I need to deal with people like you. P.S. I typed this with one thumb in an enraged fury, why not find my typos since you have no life, mean person. Hope your dumb cabin floats away like on the movie “Up”

  14. I have to take pain,anxiety, depression and many other medications with very harmful side effects when almost all can be treated with marijuana safely, side effect munchies. I’d much rather have that side effect then all the others I have to deal with. Not to mention the fact that I have to deal with a lot of my problems because I refuse to be medically addicted to pills that cause painful and dangerous withdrawls when I can’t get my medications. Man made pills or God made marijuana hmmmm…. seems tough, don’t it.

  15. Bush, really? Wow. I don’t really think I need to say anymore, u stupidified yourself by using Bush alone.

  16. A Smart Person From Missouri?? on

    Southern Missouri has some of the most prime marijuana farms in the middle of the country, obviously this isn’t well documented because it is illegal, but it has been the perfect place to grow for nearly 50 years because of the climate and secrecy; and because of this, pot is absolutely HUGE in the heavily populated areas. Maybe, just maybe, if they started to tax the stuff, they could bring in more state tax money to fix these educational issues that you seem to have with the state. There are people exactly like that of which you are describing in every state and you are a stupid fuck if you chose to buy property in an area with those sort of people without checking prior to buying, or maybe you are just cheap and couldn’t afford the actual good property so you brought the issue upon yourself by not having a good enough education to make the kind of money needed to buy adequate property. You are the type of ignorant asshole that this country needs to straight up eliminate from society, if a person can really throw a whole state under the bus just from some prejudice then they probably have a tendency to do this with other large groupings, such as race, as well. Even if you are just being a troll, at least be a better one, you asinine fuck.

  17. davidgoodbud on

    In 2014, the top 10 agricultural producing States, in terms of cash receipts were (in descending order): California, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Indiana. These and related statistics can be found in ERS’s Farm Income and Wealth Statistics. OK, where is Missouri on this list? Not in the top ten of anything except convicts.. And it’s real hard to grow hemp.. try to get rid of it once. You can’t kill the shit. So try something requiring skill.

  18. Apparently you don’t know shit because Missouri is one of the leading farming states dumbass!! Do your homework asshole when the hemp industry was booming in the early 1900’s Missouri was leading dumbass!! Don’t come back to this State see if we give a flying fuck!!!

  19. Yeah you are a dick, lol way to quote bush by the way, you killed all chances of any future credibility with that one buddy

  20. You would have a valid argument, however, you can grow pot in Colorado and if it becomes legal in Missouri, you will be able to as well. You can’t sell it without a license, though. Also, quit being such a bitch. The fact that marijuana legalization is a serious topic in this day and age is progress. Things may not be perfect at first, but it’s much easier to amend an existing bill than to pass a bill. The laws involving marijuana are bound to change in time.

  21. David Goodbud on

    No way. You people in missouri are dumb enough as it is. I own two lake lots in your state and would love to dump it but cant because you have nothing there. Except meth cooks. Try cleaning up your trash before you take on more responsibility. You have the most prisons in the country, highest rate of illiteracy there is and no industry. If you think any of you will be able to grow anything, heh, im laughing my ass off. You can barely read in your state, how are you going to follow instructions. Maybe someday if you do legalize it, ill turn those lake lots into a hydroponic operation and pollute the shit out of your cesspool you call a state. Just do what Bush said. Fence your state off. Untill then i wont return to my property. Some squatters moved in, should have expected that and i would have had them arrested but its a single mom with six kids from six fathers…. you guys are smart. But for now they can stay, no electricity or water and they think its great… wow missouri is really something else…

  22. YesIah Garvey on

    one OUNCE. it’s nothing but a slight modification of the terms of prohibition.
    this is a typical tax-and-smeg horse-manure continuation of the denial of your RIGHT to garden freely, and a scheme to set up rackets to profit off of the continued denial of your rights. and they keep the drug war going against any who do not comply. it’s crumbs and should be rejected
    plus it is VERY badly written legislation likely to cause many more problems than it solves

  23. YesIah Garvey on

    ” based her legislation on the Colorado plan”: bad move.
    even money-worshipper suit-dummy publications like forbes and the economist are laughing at colorado voters for approving such stupid-high taxes
    “SB 560 will allow a person to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, but nothing is said about growing personal plants.”

  24. Raymond Parisza on

    The proposed legislation does allow for home growing, but also provides for commercial use to allow taxation

  25. YesIah Garvey on

    actually i think you are the one who is not seeing the forest
    first they stole your rights from you, then they brainwashed you to believe there is something wrong with using unsanctioned herbs. then decades later due to popular contempt for these absurd laws, they offer to sell you back a *fraction* of your rights at an absurdly high price, and not just in economic terms.
    voters of washington are waking up to the failure of their legalization initiative. don’t make the same mistake they did and approve something you’ll regret months later

  26. FreedomFromIgnorance on

    If prefer paying taxes than going to jail, losing my career, etc. you are missing the forest for the trees.

  27. Well I know my self being one that deals with having to take a nerve pill twice aday that if its made to were u can buy it here I will smoke it because there is less side affects to smoking weed then there is having to take pills everyday of ur life then haven the milligram up

  28. yep I understand and agree. More laws just = more harassment from cops and more problems and disrespect for cops.

  29. I never thought I would agree with Nadal on anything after Ferguson and her snide remarks and the student transfer nightmare but if cannabis became legal in my lifetime I would be very happy.

  30. YesIah Garvey on

    of course there is a way for those distributing it to not get arrested. make it legal like tomatoes.
    but then you say “give them the opportunity to make a profit”. you mean keep prices artificially high and choices few through repressive regulation?
    the whole concept of “jobs” is basically a trick politicians use to fool us. following that argument we could make it so that every herb and every vegetable has to be sold through a different special store with different special bureaucrats running it and a separate special enforcement agency to oversee each one– that will create *lots* of jobs.

  31. How about the fact that it will provide jobs? I understand your point of this, however you forget the bigger picture is distribution. If there is a way for people who distribute to not get arrested for it as long as they are doing it properly of course, why not allow them to have the opportunity to make a profit. And the fact that opening a dispensary would creat jobs for the many unemployed in this state and an added bonus. Yes the taxes placed on sales will go to the governement but that also means it is going back into the community and it is much needed.

  32. I would rather people smoke weed instead of that k-2 that people have been turned on to.

  33. yep that why I am so against smcr bill right now. but hopefully the rewrite will go good.

  34. Yeah, I was kind of responding for the sake of argument that, you can say the plant is legal, but you’re not allowed to grow it. Like in Ct, why I was reluctant is they may cause as many problems, as people will think they can get away with growing it because its legal. So, kind of a precautionary do it right the first time rather than pass some law and end up with more problems/disrespect for law for at least another voting season. Sorry kind of a weird explanation, I think you’ll understand though.

  35. Why do cops deserve the money more than everyone else ? Don’t farmers provide the very life blood we need to live where is the money for their pensions? and doctors and other professions? If you are going to dictate where funds are going you need to put the majority of the funds towards education to off set any normal funding gov may pull from the education system. Also research would be smart and well as drug treatment programs or better roads. We all benefit equally. I don’t see why cops have to be so greedy, they already have ruined 1000s of families lives with this war on the people its time the cops say they are sorry and fight for legalization because its the right thing to do and not because they are getting some pay off. The CO cops saved over 145 million in policing in 2014. And the greedy cops want even more? For what? killing unarmed people and harassing them over a non toxic plant?

  36. yea the smc bill still jails people if someone has over the measly amounts they allow. but I guess there another bill getting introduced I think on the legislature level of things that’s if im understanding correctly. that will take care of that problem for smc bill. and I fully think people should be allowed to grow cannabis just like growing corn. There really is no need for any silly limits at all since its a totally non toxic plant. Heck sugar is more toxic than what cannabis is. and sugar will give you a head rush if you eat a lot of it. and long term sugar use leads to several medical conditions such as obesity and diabetic problems just to name a couple.
    We need to stop being so scared of a plant that can do the world so much good. and what if I want to as a personal grower want to explore growing my own of strain of cannabis that’s higher with other types of cbd’s . You cant do that only growing a few measly plants at a time. I think we have only scratched the surface of how beneficial cannabis can be.
    So Mr Viets do you support the smc bill as it sits now or are you going to change it ? or are we going to waste more money on polls ? ask the people what they want they will tell you if you listen you guys have a fairly large following on fb. That’s one thing where smc has lost a lot of my respect they always refuse answer my questions so I hope you are different Mr Viets.. I am always professional with members of smc I guess the others of smc don’t like questions. Plus when people don’t answer me directly it also inspires distrust. Look I know stuff aint going to be perfect but at least be honest about the bills major imperfections.
    I don’t agree with MCRPA on the whole age thing but I know at a later date we can always easily add a do not sell to minors. Heck there is another group working on another legalization bill as we speak. Another cause for you professional lobbyist to get funds for.

  37. I have done my best to answer your questions.
    You may not like my answers but I am telling you the truth.
    A poll of listeners is not a scientific poll. It does not predict what will happen when an issue is on the ballot. It is useful to have some people who are paid staff and can spend full time working on this. Every organization which is effective does so.
    I don’t mind giving some money to cops if they stop arresting smokers. We all give our tax money to them. We need cops to protect us from thieves and violent people. They work for us.

  38. I do plenty of research. I breathe legalization. But I also fight for the people to make sure we keep out bad laws. and the SMCR bill has major plant limits unless you get a special commercial license that the gov will probably charge insane prices on. So this would make the whole SMCR bill null and void if people cant afford the license. Luckily SMC has finally woken up to what the people are saying and its sounding like they are going to rewrite it with lower taxes which will kill a lot of the black market. SMC is talking like 5% to 10% tax. I say tax it like any other cash crop. I have recently also started a FB page so people can get the truth about all bills here in mo. No sugar coating anything. http://www.facebook.com/MCR2016

  39. I am just happy SMC is going to rewrite their stuff. I just hope when it comes back its a bill I can support. No more silly limits or insane taxes that keeps the black market alive. Because right now there is no way in hell I would vote for SMCR. Missouri Cannabis Reform is working on new bill that’s like the MCRPA but with a do not sell to minors. This would still protect the parents right to treat their kids with cannabis and it also would respect the parents rights that they do not want their kids with cannabis. I have been getting a crap load of positive response winning a lot of SMC supporters over. I just want to see SMC fight for what is good for the people for once instead of fighting for the rich. The poor make up a majority of the voters just remember that. We need a bill that will end the war on cannabis completely not something that allows cops to harass us in other ways.

  40. But you are regulating us to death. When you do that its hard to believe that you guys do care about the people. And its also hard to believe you guys care when SMC don’t answer questions, which many of the people on the SMC side have refused to answer questions honestly and upfront. And you really need to stop being so scared Mr. Viets. One of our local news channels did a poll recently and over 94% say they wanted legalization. So why not pass legalization that’s good for ALL people? To give money to cops? If you want to dictate where funds go, it should be for things people benefit from every day. Plus giving cops money for their pensions just looks like you guys are bribing the cops. If the cops want to fight legalization let them. It will just prove to the public how cruel and inhumane cops are. So its in their best interest to support legalization and get the same benefits as everyone else. Put the taxes towards Schooling, rehab, research and roads. schooling should be at least 50% so if the gov decides to divert normal funds from schooling we still have a good chunk going towards schooling. Also I also hope you guys will set a license price in your rewrite so its not vulnerable to legislative power. because the way the SMC is worded now the legislature can set those prices to what ever they want. So I hope you guys will fix that as well when you are doing the rewrite. I used to support SMC big time even gave money to them in the past a few years back. I just wont give no more since you guys spend too much on salaries. If I can volunteer my time I don’t see why everyone else cant.

  41. But you are regulating us to death. When you do that its hard to believe that you guys do care about the people. And its also hard to believe you guys care when you don’t answer questions, which many of the people on the SMC side have. And you really need to stop being so scared Mr. Viets. One of our local news channels did a poll recently and over 94% say they wanted legalization. So why not pass legalization that’s good for ALL people? To give money to cops? If you want to dictate where funds go, it should be for things people benefit from every day. Plus giving cops money for their pensions just looks like you guys are bribing the cops. If the cops want to fight legalization let them. It will just prove to the public how cruel and inhumane cops are. So its in their best interest to support legalization and get the same benefits as everyone else. Put the taxes towards Schooling, rehab, research and roads. schooling should be at least 50% so if the gov decides to divert normal funds from schooling we still have a good chunk going towards schooling. Also I also hope you guys will set a license price in your rewrite so its not vulnerable to legislative power. because the way the SMC is worded now the legislature can set those prices to what ever they want. So I hope you guys will fix that as well when you are doing the rewrite. I used to support SMC big time even gave money to them in the past a few years back. I just wont give no more since you guys spend too much on salaries. If I can volunteer my time I don’t see why everyone else cant.

  42. And yes I contact people all the time fighting for legalization, but I am not so desperate for legalization that I am going to condone something that is bad for the people. . I also go after the truth. If SMC don’t like me posting bad facts about their bill. There is a very easy fix. Don’t have bad stuff in their bill and no one can say anything bad about it. But think about it this way…. how many years has SMC failed to legalize cannabis ? And out of all those donations I don’t remember any TV spots flyers posting or anything for the efforts of SMC. They know they have a bad bill and want to stretch out this legalization process as long as possible. Plus a majority of their money goes to their salaries. Why cant they donate their time like many others have?

  43. YesIah Garvey on

    say N-O to tax and smegulate!
    just give us back our garden rights and the right to dispose of surplus as we see fit, & never again try to tell us what plants we can grow or what food we can eat, or what we can do with what we grow.
    ganja never did *anything* wrong; prohibition never had *any* basis beyond known lies, knowingly repeated decade after decade.
    the right to buy retail from approved suppliers with hefty tax and unnecessary regulations, is NOT legalization

  44. Accusing us of not caring about people is a pretty disrespectful comment in my opinion. But the main thing to keep in mind is that
    we all want the same thing and we are all on the same side.
    We just have different opinions about how to reach that goal. SMC doesn’t believe that a “full” legalization can pass. That is the only reason we are proposing a more regulated version.

  45. omg its a miracle that someone that sides with smc actually listens to people. I don’t know who is worse you guys or nick . I have always been respectful when I ask questions. I know I ask some hard questions of the smcr people but me and many others are really sick n freakin tired of being lied to. And mr payne pointed out an another problem with the smcr bill. that it is vulnerable to legislative power since the permit fees to grow commercially are not listed. which will allow the gov to charge what ever price they deem fit which they could set so high no one could afford. Will this issue be addressed in the rewrite ? the permit fees should be something anyone could afford. unless its true what nick says about smcr people that you guys only support your rich friends ?

  46. your such a positive person do you ever read what you wright or do you research to know that was not S M C bill . if you will kindly look up top you will see that a senator sent that bill in

  47. Ok, I agree with Dan in terms of allowing personal cultivation. Which is what I believe most of his and all of my post focused on. You’re losing me where I said I support jailing people.

  48. There does not have to be any plant or possession limits that’s just some corporate bs. Trying to get the public to believe that is simply not true. Even the SMCR side say that the MCRPA is the ideal bill. Only reason people don’t vote for the MCRPA because it has no age limit. I say since both sides call the MCRPA the ideal that we just use the MCRPA as a base and add an age limit. And you are totally right I would rather have no bill than a bad bill that what SMCR is giving us. That’s why I am supporting the mcrpa for now unless this other group comes out with a workable bill for all the people that want an age limit.

  49. I used to be a SMCR supporter till I actually read the lame bill you submitted. No one I have ever talked to about legalization say they want plant limits. The plant limits are just to help your corporate buddies. Plant and possession limits just hurt the small time farmers which clearly you are against. And the smcr just continues to allow cops to harass us over non toxic plant. And if you want to support a real bill why not actually listen to people and take out all the bad stuff in the SMCR. You are betting that the people of MO are not smart enough to see through this BS, but they are. Even your own people call the MCRPA the ideal bill. That’s the bill we need to support instead of the SMCR that just allows cops to continue to harass us. And its your name that’s on the smcr so to say you don’t have any control to give the people a real bill is a complete lie. And if a new bill was to come out that is exactly like the mcrpa but with an age limit would you support it? Or would you spend more money on fake polls?

  50. nope or he would not be trying to shove a bad bill down peoples throats here in mo.

  51. Ok I guess you didn’t read my post at all. You said you support liberty dave? the bill that Dan Viets supports has very little plant and possession limits which only benefits their corporate friends. Don’t let him fool you he is not out for the average American. He also allows cops to jail people for just having THC in your system even though you have not smoked for days.

  52. Whyiowa4medical on

    I see the problems with SMC and I would hate to have to vote on it!!! 25% is way to much, it is .25 cents on every dollar spent and that is completely ridiculous. This will (once again) cater to corporate grow-ops, rather than offer farmers and researchers a jump point. If a farmer does not know enough about cannabis growth, they cannot grow it, but they can long term lease buildings to a person who gains their trust. This would revitalize and modernize rural areas taking some families off the grid with purchased solar panels along with the grants to set it up and allow the low draw house to appreciate the plus side of going “green!!!” With corporate only grow-ops this will seriously limit these homegrown jobs and I would be fairly certain most professional growers have left, or may want nothing to do with the process.
    Still, something has got to break the Midwest logjam. I feel I know what it was once like to believe in freedom, yet live in the Confederate States of America as a whipping boy (please take no racial offense)!!! I can take a chance on freedom and move, but is that responsible cannabis use; even when both myself and my wife qualify medically? No, it would only add to one of cannabis’ most negative statistics! HOMELESSNESS!!! So, I must wait to be hired in or outside what I went back to college to do and most of my work was in medical cannabis. Missouri would be a day’s move for me, but I am more familiar with the laws in Oregon, California, and Michigan, but should we (by some miracle) become legal this year, growers would have to be hired from out of state as you would not believe the serious mistakes I have witnessed rouge growers make here. It is as if they have never raised a hill of potatoes nor a tomato plant, and these rouges think ordering on the internet is as normal as ordering garden supplies. So the police wait about six months and send a bunch of remaining idiots to prison. Iowa will be dead last for legalization if it is not quickly surrounded by forward moving states. To offset our roads that are in the nation’s worst shape, the governor has placed a ten cent tax on the gas that is quickly rising in price anyway. One of our cities has a bridge in such bad shape it is deemed unsafe to walk across and this is on a major roadway used by adults and children everyday (yes, they have closed it, but how many more remain). We need something to boost our ability to repair our roads as I have done less damage to my car driving on “forest service” roads in the mountains, than on Iowa’s highways. Cannabis will be far too dangerous to consider, as our governor is pawn to Fundamentalists, but a ten cent tax on cannabis would save the economy of many families.
    We must do whatever it takes to break this logjam!!! Whatever helps I will get behind, I may not like it, but if you are in a legal state you have no idea what it is like to be trapped in “no man’s land.” My analogy is not far from the truth when you look at the map of cannabis laws. The middle of the nation will put you away for some years, along with much of the South. So, please, do not forget about us!!! We are the one’s who will not move and be a drain on your city or state, we want to be cannabis users and hard workers, but we will do this responsibly!!!! I can wait, I will not use Iowa homegrown meth as so many have!!!

  53. bashkuga shut the fudge up, weed helps society and doesnt have the effects like alcohol or others, so read up son whether u like or not it is and will be here soon! period as their are many patients it will help and heal so bashkuga listen shut up and learn beeoch

  54. Oh shut up, it is the best possible thing to do. Don’t be such a close minded probable bible thumper. Haha

  55. Oh fuck no u sob do not bring that fucking shot to this state. U bring that shit. Here ur setting a bad name for family’s that come here.

  56. Kathy Alexander on

    personally I don’t smoke but I don’t see the big deal about it it’s a natural plant that God put on earth its not chemicals that are mixed together by man I haven’t known anyone to rob or kill someone to get marijuana I think it should be passed

  57. Its America..have we forgotten how great freedom made this nation from all others?
    There is room for God, gays, guns and grass in the land of the free.

  58. Some people really believe in laws when it come to weed I’m not one of them but some people do and if it becomes legal I think everyone should smoke even the so called hypocrites

  59. needs to be done I agree with everything said here and have been preaching the same thing for ten years. Only instead of domestic violence I’ve said reduces child abuse. My theory is that it reduces child abuse because parents get stoned and play games or watch tv with their kids, then the kids get fed because the munchies set in!

  60. freedomlover on

    First I want to thank you and SMC for all your work on this issue.

    I contacted my representative to support HJR 15. I conveyed the message that support of HJR 15 isn’t support of MJ but support of the voters right to choose and opposition is opposing the voters rights to choose, the same voters that elected them.

    I think this is the message that needs to be sent our reps is that we want to make that choice.

    Maybe a form letter with this msg to the representative on the SMC website would help get the bill a hearing.


  61. Russ Shackleford on

    I’m all for legal weed, but anything this nuts senator wants to do should be shot down so fast it’s not even funny. The only reason she’s doing this is so she can bask in the media limelight again. Read some of things she said when Ferguson was going on all she did was throw gas on that fire.

  62. I agree with Dan. Where I live in CT, they are just starting to talk about it with no mention of private cultivation. I support cannabis full hearted, but I also support liberty to the people as well, and this is just an example of trying to control something. Put it this way, its a symbol of good faith between the citizens and state, as well as with allowing possession, I believe private cultivation will only increase. Which in turn will lead to MORE distrust/disrespect of the law and state, and incarcerations.

  63. We appreciate your support.
    There has not been much opportunity to support HJR 15. If it gets a hearing, which is not at all certain, we will be there and we will urge others to be there.
    We have publicized the bill and urged our supporters to support it. Your points about the black market are absolutely correct. Whether this tax is too
    high depends on what the retail price is going to be. It should drop significantly as
    the market develops. Reasonable people may disagree about what the right amount
    of tax is and your input on that is welcome.

  64. freedomlover on

    Dan, I have been a supporter of SMC since 2012 with small monthly donations. It almost appears that SMC is more in the business of talking about reform than actual reform. 2016 is fast approaching. Signatures would have be turned in by early 05/2016, 14 months from now. Nothing appears to be happening. I can’t support the initiative that was turned in by SMC on 11/2014. The excess tax is too high at 25%. A tax of 25% in addition to the regular sales tax only fosters the black market and handicaps legal business competing with the black market. I understand an excise tax will be needed but somewhere between 5%-10% should be enough.

    I like HJR 15 that was submitted this year, but I have seen very little support of it by SMC. This would place the initiative on the ballot and limit the excise tax to 15% and has home grow.

    I understand that there will have to be some limits to get it passed, but I am also a believer that no bill is better than a bad one.

  65. If I had the power to give you, the people, a real bill, I would.
    I don’t know what bill you are referring to.
    Small limits beats none in my book.
    I assume you mean the SMCR initiative, right?

  66. its kind of funny you should speak of limitations on bills when the bill you support keeps people locked up for cannabis and locks up even more people because of the plant and possession limits the bill you support has. It also does absolutely nothing for the working class since the bill you support has small limits. The bill you support also will keep black market live and well just like it is in CO. The bill you support is just for the rich to get richer when the poor will continue to struggle and you can bet you will be fighting us ever step of the way till you give us the people a real bill.

  67. Show Me Cannabis will never have the support of Missouri Cannabis Reform since they still lock people up for cannabis and keep people locked up. Just because they have stupid plant limits which only limits the small time farmer. SMC does not wish to have cannabis legalized since then they could not beg for money from the cannabis community no more. SMC also allows cops to arrest people for having thc in your system even though it may have been days since you smoked or ingested. SMC is just pure evil. If you want real legalization find Missouri Cannabis Reform on FB.

  68. The problem with this bill, as filed, is that it is NOT the Colorado model.
    It does not allow any personal cultivation whatsoever. It is great to have
    bill of any kind filed, but this one, like others lately, seems to be designed to
    make a few people rich. If it were a “free market” bill, it would allow consumers
    to grow for themselves.

  69. Before people start running out to get a bag… stop and think. If you are a person who has been against legalization your entire lifetime, don’t start using cannabis now! The excitement of the legalization craze has turned the majority of politicians, religious leaders, and everyday citizens into hypocrites and those are the last people in the world you want stoned. I say let them live the rest of their days in envy wishing they could take back all the wrongs they have done to cannabis users. If you use cannabis, look around and spot these hypocrites right away.

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