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Post-Dispatch Endorses Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative


missouri show me cannabis rolla town hall meetingBy John Payne

Earlier this month, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch — the newspaper with the largest circulation in the state of Missouri — ran a staff editorial endorsing the idea of cannabis legalization and the initiative we turned in to the Secretary of State, in particular.

This endorsement is yet another sign of how this issue has moved into the mainstream, even in a right-leaning state such as Missouri. It also signifies how seriously we are now taken by the state’s gatekeepers, which has not always been the case.

In fact, until recently, few newspapers in the country were willing to support the idea of legalization, let alone a specific initiative. For example, although the Denver Post had supported legalizing possession and use of cannabis prior to 2012, they urged readers to vote against Colorado’s Amendment 64. The paper feared it would lead to a clash with the federal government and did not want the state to become home to a major cannabis industry.

By contrast, the Post-Dispatch welcomes such an industry in Missouri as a much needed boost to our economy:

More than Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C., Missouri has a strong history with hemp agricultural production, having been a leader in the industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The ongoing research in the state on using biomass for energy could well benefit from an introduction of hemp crops to the state. Life science research into agricultural hybrids and advanced drug applications could find new and more effective ways to use marijuana for medical purposes. And there might be no other state in the nation that could benefit more from a new tax on the sales of legal pot that could fund various state needs, such as Missouri’s underfunded schools.

The editorial also notes that legalizing cannabis could do a great deal to improve race relations in the state, particularly in the Saint Louis area:

A ground-breaking 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that blacks in the U.S. are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar usage rates. The disparity in the city of St. Louis in that study was a whopping 18 to 1.

This mirrors the problems found in north St. Louis County, where state racial profiling numbers all across the region show that blacks are stopped by police at a significantly higher percentage than whites, and searched for contraband more, even though, the statistics say, the hit rate for drugs or other contraband is higher among the white drivers who are pulled over.

The result? Too many young black men and women in prison for offenses that wouldn’t lead to prison for middle-class whites. Missouri’s prisons are overcrowded and in the last couple of decades have eaten up a higher percentage of the state’s budget while schools have received less, percentage-wise.

One arrest for smoking dope unleashes a domino effect that contributes significantly to the state of distressed communities.

Finally, the editors note that legalization is one of the few issues that can transcend party lines in this divided state. Democrats have traditionally supported cannabis law reform more than Republicans, but the issue appeals to the fiscally conservative and limited government values of the Republican Party, as well.

While the Star did not do an editorial endorsement, they did run a good opinion piece covering Neill Franklin and Ira Glasser’s presentations at the UMKC law school on November 13. As perhaps the most-read newspaper in the state of Kansas, a favorable nod from the Star signals that even the bright red Sunflower State is feeling the pressure of prohibition reform thanks to Show-Me Cannabis’ work in Missouri and Colorado’s Amendment 64.

We continue to discuss possible changes to our initiative and will likely file subsequent drafts after assessing comments from attorneys, scientific polling data, and your feedback. Although the specifics are not yell fully settled, we will move forward with the broadest possible reform that we believe will pass at the ballot box on November 8, 2016.

Help us continue moving forward and winning victories in the court of public opinion, the legislature, and at the ballot box by making a $25 contribution now. Or show your support for the long haul by signing up for a monthly pledge of $10 or $20!

Source: Show Me Cannabis


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  1. Yes they added something to it so they could sell in places where it’s illegal and it’s to expensive and it doesn’t dissolve the way it should.

  2. People are doing their own clinical trials.Most of the paranoia comes from thinking the cops are breaking your door in.

  3. Captain Obvious on

    Sadly the era of antibiotics is ending too since super-bugs are the most common way to die in the western world. It looks like they are finally getting around to studying the harmful side effects via public experiment that Alexander Fleming was warning about in the 40s now that the patents are up. I think cannabis and other herbs will be as effective or greater as an anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti fungal per pubmed science from the 50s stirring additional outrage.

  4. Yes, exactly the same idea as medicines based on arsenic and other heavy metals in the dark times before antibiotics.

  5. Chemotherapy is poison. Not hyperbole. Fact. The idea with chemo is to try and kill the cancer with it before the chemo kills you. It is not extremely effective.

  6. No, I didn’t know that – thanks for the information. But I don’t think that’s the only reason Marinol lacks efficacious effect for many. Another is that pure THC without any CBD tends to produce paranoia. Another is it that it is more difficult to titrate oral dosages for the desired effect.

  7. Captain Obvious on

    I was thinking that it didnt work as well because it only is one of the many cannabinoids needed for the therapeutic entourage effect in addition to being synthetic?

  8. Did you know that Marinol doesn’t dissolve completely and this is why it doesn’t work and hasn’t worked since it was invented.If they had left it alone it would have done what it was meant to do.

  9. There are many many people who are curing there conditions or even keeping their conditions from killing themselves and aren’t saying anything about it because of the fallout they encounter from saying it worked for them.To many conventional treatments will keep the cannabis extracts from working like getting the same form of cancer three different times.With this being said any hospital that treats someone with cancer and doesn’t cure it should not get paid especially the hospitals that say they got all the cancers and it returns.Is there really anything in the US that isn’t corrupt in some way?

  10. The people who have had to use a lot of conventional treatments aren’t doing so well curing their cancers with the extracts of cannabis.Some need to understand this.Conventional treatments harm other organs to the point of killing a person as much as ten years later.To much vomiting can kill a person,but if they are using the extracts of cannabis along with their chemo treatments they won’t kill themselves from to much vomiting and will have a better chance of surviving the cancer.

  11. Agreed.

    They are afraid that cannabis can bring down their profit-driven, reductionist and monopolistic practices. And they may be right about that. This is not just about Cannabis, its about conflicting models of health science — Cannabis being allied to the traditional practices that recognize the therapeutic value of natural substances than are intrinsically beyond or outside of the patent system.

    Of course, derivatives of the plant will be patented for specific purposes, and we should not, imho, discourage that — but it is increasingly clear that the plant itself is endowed with curative powers that are difficult to reproduce by isolating just one active compound. The plant has its own pharmaceutical logic, and it doesn’t match the prevailing paradigm.

  12. What got me started on the “mass murder” point was a conservative prohibitionist who said the American people would not stand for it.

    Of course right now that point of view (mass murder) is “fringe”. I’d like to mainstream it over the next year and collapse prohibition totally.

  13. Captain Obvious on

    I expect all the patients, families, and healthcare ‘professionals’ to have extensive pharmaceutical industry PTSD and outage when they start curing people on a regular basis. I think other natural solutions that get mainstreamed will have a similar result. The best solutions to problems are always simply right in front of us, and puts into perspective the pharmaceutical marketing that has gone beyond the legal bounds of just ‘puffery’, rather, damaging unscientific lies to engineer hell on earth for a buck.

  14. It IS a game changer for many people in regards to changing someone’s opinion on prohibition in general, and it also opens people up to the fact that their government once again lied to the public perhaps making them wonder what else they lied about regarding pot in general, like maybe it’s not just for medicinal use. Utilizing a few facts, putting some studies to memory and quoting reliable sources is more effective than a sensational statement, even though many of us in this venue agree.

  15. Hi MSimon,

    I think you are right to keep emphasizing the medicinal value of cannabis as a cancer treatment. The data strongly supports its usefulness in combating many cancers, and once the research actually matches the potential, we will learn much more.

    Personally I would not use emotionally charged phrases like “mass murder” to refer to the prohibitionist position, as they are unlikely to change anyone’s mind if they don’t already understand what you are trying to say. Just a suggestion….cheers, Psi

  16. Johnny Bloomington on

    I live in Missouri and hope that home grow of at least 4 to 6 plants is allowed. What’s the direction for taxing and starting a business. Washington model doesn’t seem to be the way forward. Colorado is the best so far but could be improved on.

  17. Well here is something that might help:

    The Prohibitionists are involved in mass murder. The Reagan – Bush administration tried to suppress the finding that cannabis is effective against cancer. You can look it up. Of course the Democrats did nothing when they had a chance.

    Cannabis cures cancer. Cancer kills 586,000 Americans every year. Every Prohibitionist is complicit in mass murder.

    Pass it on.


    I note that more and more articles on cannabis or cancer in the popular media have commenters piping up with the anti-cancer properties of cannabis. I’m not the only one. IMO it is a game changer.

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