Jan 072015
 January 7, 2015

missouri show me cannabis rolla town hall meetingBy John Payne

Happy New Year to all of Missouri’s cannabis law reformers! Last year was the best year for our cause in Missouri’s history, and I believe we will make 2015 even better — and then top that again in 2016.

The Missouri General Assembly begins their 2015 session tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7, and I am extremely excited about our prospects of advancing reforms through the legislature this year. I believe we have a fighting chance at passing both industrial hemp and robust medical cannabis legislation this session.

We pursue those goals as worthy ends in themselves, but they will also build momentum and public support for legalization. Moreover, any reforms passed by the legislature this session will inform the changes we make to subsequent drafts of a 2016 initiative petition, as we want the initiative that we ultimately pursue to mesh with any new cannabis laws in the state.

Of course, in order to pass any reforms through the Missouri legislature, these bill will require substantial support from Republicans, as Republican super-majorities control both the Missouri House and the Senate. Traditionally, Republicans have been more hostile to cannabis law reform than Democrats, but I believe many Republican legislators have begun to remember their party’s limited government philosophy and warmed to the issue.

We have made tremendous progress in educating legislators over the last two years, but continued progress will require continued dedication and hard work. In order to win reforms — whether through the legislature or at the ballot box — Missourians from across the state must join together to create it!

You can help create that change by contacting your legislators through both email and phone calls, meeting with your legislators in Jefferson City or in their home districts, writing letters to the editor of your local paper, and by encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same. Some of those tasks can seem overwhelming to people who are new to the legislative process, but we will gladly help guide and coordinate those activities:

  • Next week, we will launch our new advocacy pages that will allow you to email your legislators with ease.
  • We will notify our mobile subscribers when their legislators are facing important votes and connect your calls directly to their offices. (Subscribe to the mobile campaign by texting “SMC” to 420420!)
  • We will help edit letters to the editor and find the best paper in which to publish it. If you are interested in writing a letter to your local paper, contact Director of Research Aaron Malin at Aaron@ShowMeCannabis.com.
  • We will be organizing many trips to Jefferson City to talk to legislators face-to-face, and if you are willing to make the trip, please email me, and I am happy to add you to our list! And that goes double if you are a potential medical cannabis patient or farmer interested in cultivating industrial hemp.

But in order to provide those services, we need financial support from people like you! Please consider signing up as a recurring contributor of $20, $10, or even just $5 a month. Even small amounts each month can add up across many contributors and over time.

And, to be successful, we will need the contribution to add up, as I anticipate we will spend upwards of $50,000 during this legislative session.

  • $10,000 on coordinating, transporting, and (sometimes) feeding constituents who make the trip to Jefferson City to talk to their legislators.
  • $15,000 on advertising on radio and our four billboards located in Kansas City, Saline County, Springfield, and Jefferson City, which will help us to continue building our coalition of supporters across the state.
  • $7,500 for access to the software that powers our mobile campaign and letters to legislators.
  • $5,000 to edit and coordinate a campaign of letters to the editor.
  • $10,000 to continue and expand the spectacular research from Aaron Malin into the lack of oversight and accountability among Missouri’s drug task forces.
  • $5,000 to finish the overhaul of our website initiated this fall.

That is why we are announcing our Winter Pledge Drive to raise $50,000 over the next month. If you value the work that Show-Me Cannabis performs, I hope you will support that work in whatever way you can.

If you have time, help by communicating with your legislators, writing letters to your local paper, and visiting Jefferson City with us. If you have money, make a contribution of $25 or $50 now or pledge $10 or $20 each month. As in the past, we will count recurring contributions as five times more valuable than a one-time contribution, so a $20 pledge will count as $100 to our goal!

Over the course of the next month (and beyond), we will be sending out many emails detailing all the ways that you can get involved this year. We have before the greatest opportunity to reform Missouri’s cannabis laws that any of us have ever seen. I sincerely hope that we will all work together and use every resource at our disposal to take full advantage of that opportunity.

Please do not miss out on it.

Source: Show Me Cannabis

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  2 Responses to “New Year And New Opportunities For Marijuana Reform In Missouri”

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    This is For the People of the state of Missouri that want Legalization to happen. Stand up and get your voice heard now till the end of january 2015. Please let the state know what you think. There is a 1000 character limit. http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Petitions/default.aspx?PageId=12
    Here is my responce to the MISSOURI RESTORATION AND PROTECTION ACT Petition 2016-013 I ran out of room saying all the good things about this petition.
    This bill is great. It is a bill that will end a good part of the war on our people. We need to face it Cannabis is non toxic so I can understand not having an age limit. It also has no plant limit. The benefits of this is that cbd oils come down in price a lot. Right now in CO if you get on special short list your lucky to get a month supply of cbd oil for 100.00. Then other people are having to pay 1000.00 a month for cbd oil. And both have an insane waiting list. Plus you will completely eliminate the cannabis black market with this bill. This also allows small time farmers to make a decent living selling product to medical places. This will boost the economy here in MO a lot. This plant should truly be taxed just like any other crop, just like peanuts. Did you know peanuts kill 100 people a year and cannabis doesn’t kill anyone? We don’t put any limits on having peanuts in our possession. So it should be the same for cannabis. Please do what is good for MO and approve this.
    To learn more about Missouri Cannabis Reform. Please join.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/407826009376872/
    Here is my respsonse to the petition 2016-009 that SMC (Show Me Cannabis) has submitted.
    This petition is an insult to MO and the cannabis community. 1. It gives money to cops and cops are at an all time low in history. Cops don’t even obey the Sunshine laws here in MO. Cops can go through the normal channels for their budgets. Besides cannabis is about healing and joining people so to give any one extra is just crazy and a lot of us feel this way. Any money gained from cannabis should be put towards programs that everyone uses. Like the horrible school system we have in Missouri or Rehab or further research into more uses for cannabis.
    2.This law would just allow to harass cannabis users in another way through DUI. Which just continues this war that we are in. We need to end this war on the American people and this bill just moves the war to a new front instead of ending it.
    3.Its too long and in that lawyer lingo, people don’t like signing stuff they do not understand.
    I could give you a few more why not approve this, but running out of space. Please do not approve
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    Ok even SMC say that the kc bill is ideal. We can all agree on this. But SMC seems to think Missourians are not smart enough to recognize an ideal bill. I will have to admit i used to think thier way too. But then i decided to go to some of these small towns and actually talk with local folk and they surprised the hell out of me. I could have never been so wrong in my life. These people despite a horrible education system, are very reasonable people if you just educate them. Its not that we are not smart here in Missouri we are just unedcated. You give the missourians the correct information we can make a logical educated choise.
    So i guess SMC is just betting on that the Missourians are not smart enough. They want to shove the same ol bull crud down our throats. Its time we stop bs laws that favor 1 group over another. Who is to say cops deserve more money for pensions over the farmer that works to the bone to provide us with the very life blood we all need to live on?
    We have 2 years to educate the people of Missouri and pass a bill thats good for the people MISSOURI RESTORATION AND PROTECTION ACT instead of bad bill like the Show-Me Cannabi bill.
    If you would like to learn more about both bills please join Missouri Cannabis Reform.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/407826009376872/

  2.  

    I wish I had money to donate!

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