Oct 282015
 October 28, 2015

missouri marijuana decriminalization hb 512 testimonyI am a big fan of Missouri marijuana reform efforts, which if you read this blog often, than you probably know that already. I have always felt that if Missouri can reform its marijuana laws, recreational and/or medical, that it would speed up reform nationwide. I am from Oregon, born and raised, and when Oregon legalized recreational marijuana most news reports had the ‘duh, isn’t this overdue?’ vibe. Very few were shocked, and opponents in other states just chalked it up to ‘well, it’s Oregon, they are very liberal out there, especially in the Portland area, but our state is obviously way different.’

If/when Missouri legalizes medical marijuana, and eventually recreational marijuana, the same things that were said about Western states will not be said about Missouri. If Missouri can do it, virtually any other state in America could do it. That would be the message sent to every state legislature in America that operates in a state that is not legal yet. It would also send a message to marijuana opponents nationwide that the winds of change are stronger than ever, and they are heading in the direction of the end of prohibition nationwide.

That’s why I support Missouri, and why I specifically support New Approach Missouri. New Approach Missouri has a very strong team, and from my understanding, also has strong funding. New Approach Missouri is trying to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri in 2016, and I am very confident that they will succeed. Polling sounds very favorable for their initiative. So I was surprised to read about a second effort that is starting in Missouri, led by a guy named Brad Bradshaw, who is also running for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. Mr. Bradshaw is for medical marijuana, but against recreational legalization. Per KansasCity.Com:

Brad Bradshaw, a doctor and lawyer running for Missouri lieutenant governor, said Tuesday he is launching a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Bradshaw’s plan would tax the sale of medical marijuana heavily — around 75 percent of the purchase price. The money would be dedicated to construction and operation of a medical research facility.

Bradshaw thinks the tax would bring in $40 million annually. The site for the facility would be chosen later by voters in specific counties, although a local spending match would not be required.

This announcement came out about a week ago, and I was waiting to post an article about it to see if New Approach Missouri would issue a statement about it, but that hasn’t happened yet. I was also hoping to hear Mr. Bradshaw release an explanation as to why he is pursuing his own effort instead of just teaming up with New Approach Missouri, but I haven’t heard anything about that either. I do know that while multiple efforts in one state isn’t anything new in marijuana politics (and is actually very common), it is never a good thing.

Achieving reform is laborious and expensive, and pooling together everyone’s resources and brainpower is usually what it takes to win. Will two efforts in Missouri doom both efforts in the long run? I sure as heck hope not for the sake of patients in Missouri, but I guess only time will tell. I will say that while I like Mr. Bradshaw’s desire to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri, I don’t like his opposition to recreational legalization.

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  • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

    High taxes support the Black Market. The Black Market supports police.

  • Cog

    A study published in 2012 by researchers at the University of California documented the effects of low (1.3% THC) and medium (3.5% THC) doses of vaporized cannabis on patients suffering from central and peripheral neuropathic pain. The study involved a group of 39 patients who were assessed for pain relief as well as cognitive performance (eg. attention, memory, learning and fine motor skills) after being administered cannabis.

    The results showed that cannabis was effective in providing substantial pain relief in a large portion of the patients – 57% of the low dose group and 61% of the medium dose group. This translated to a NNT (number needed to treat) score of 3.2 and 2.9 for the low and medium dose groups respectively.

    The NNT is an important measure of a drug’s effectiveness and represents the average number of patients that need to be treated in order for one patient to benefit – the ideal NNT is 1. Surprisingly, these NNT scores are comparable, even appearing to be slightly better, than those of traditional pain medications (NNT for pregabalin = 3.9, NNT for gabapentin = 3.8).

    Previous studies have also proven the effectiveness of cannabis in treating neuropathic pain.Two consecutive trials conducted by Dr. Donald Abrams and his research team found that cannabis relieved approximately half of patients suffering with pain from HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy.

  • Johnny Bloomington

    Mr. Bradshaw. The saboteur.

  • Brando Riordan

    That Bradshaw plan is ridiculous.

  • Laura Harrison

    The Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act is the only direct inititive approved by the Secretary of State and we are very quickly gaining signatures and momentum. We have the one and only common sense initiative that will bring industry, agriculture, no-tax medicine to patients and recreation (with no sin tax) to the great State of Missouri. We want nothing less than full legalization.

    #MCRPA #nomoprohibition

  • Chris Pixie Gordon

    I guess you were not aware that there is a grass roots movement called The Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act 2016-013. We have actively been collecting signatures for months and are well on our way to getting it on the ballot. This initiative provides total freedom and full protection for patients, while opening the door for agricultural and economic growth. I highly suggest ( no pun intended) that you look into our initiative. https://www.facebook.com/reallegalization

    • Dustin Beyer

      Could you put a link or something for the petition to sign, i would be happy to sign it and spread the word to all my friends and family to sign it thanx

      • Crysticks

        If you would, please go to http://www.fb.com/reallegalization OR http://www.cannabisrestorationandprotectionact.org and contact us. We can get you in contact with a petitioner that is close to you OR get information on an event in your area to sign. Thank you so much for your interest! Also, we can always use petitioners! If interested, please inquire at the same address :) We do online training for petitioners, too…this way, even if you are not near someone to that can train you in person, you may do so online. You may contact us at either web page for training. State law requires an actual signature on paper, witnessed by a trained petitioner for you signature to count. Thank you, again! ~~Crystal Bush

      • Laura Harrison

        Dustin Beyer, please reach out to us through our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/reallegalization or you can email showmesignatures@gmail.com. We will help you find the soonest and closest signing even to you!

      • Chris Pixie Gordon

        There is not an online petition as those do not actually hold weight legally. Only registered voters in the state of Missouri can sign the petition and it has to be done in person by a trained petitioner. Here is our website to answer further questions and our FB page to follow us. https://www.facebook.com/reallegalization http://www.cannabisrestorationandprotectionact.org

  • Lynn-no-duh

    Johnny Green, you imply that Missouri will not be cannabis friendly in voting booth when you suggest that if a cannabis measure can pass in Missouri, it could pass anywhere; but I think you may be mistaking Missouri’s uniqueness and independent qualities. The state of Missouri is known for doing things quite differently than in other states. Missouri was also very big on hemp agriculture, as recently as the 1950’s; not that long ago this plant was ubiquitous here. The tide has shifted, and the topic of full (not just medical) legalization is becoming very hot in agricultural, conservative and intellectual circles here; it’s not just the liberal vote that is considering and in favor of giving back access of this miraculous plant to the people.

    If the vote count is actually honest, I believe the full legalization (Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act) will win with a definitive margin in 2016. All other proposed measures give Constitutional protection to corporate profiteers, instead of we-the-people.

  • HF

    My 18 y/o (lives in CO) is facing Class A Misdemeanor of Possession of a controlled substance (less than 2 gms of marijuana) in Missouri after being stopped by a traffic cop for a missing tail light on his car. He uses pot to help him sleep, and reduce his ADHD problems. If he enters a program where he can provide 3 months of clean UA’s the charges can be reduced, however his record will still be accessible by certain employers (so forget the military). Now that he is entering into this pot free program he is self-medicating with other and more dangerous substances as they are helping with his symptoms. He has tried prescribed meds that do not help. I am a very worried mom. Does anyone have any comforting information??