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Show-Me Cannabis Releases Comprehensive Report On Drug Task Force Misconduct

missouri show me cannabis rolla town hall meetingShow-Me Cannabis released a comprehensive report today on the rampant misconduct within Missouri’s drug task forces. The report is titled, “Drug Task Forces in Missouri: Secret, Dangerous, and Unaccountable; A Thorough Exploration of Patterns of Gross Misconduct.” It is available now at http://show-mecannabis.com/2015/02/report/.

Today’s report, authored by Show-Me Cannabis Director of Research Aaron Malin, documents patterns of abuse and illegal conduct across the state: “Missouri’s drug task force officers, because of their multi-jurisdictional nature, are not subject to the basic levels of oversight common in traditional police departments,” Malin said. “In many cases, there is simply no responsible oversight in place.”

In recent weeks, the Missouri Department of Public Safety requested millions of dollars in funding for drug task forces. Show-Me Cannabis is encouraging Missourians to contact their state legislators in Jefferson City to request Missouri’s drug task forces be defunded and dismantled. Show-Me Cannabis is also considering legal action against drug task forces that violate Missouri law.

Show-Me Cannabis is an association of organizations and individuals, who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and regulating and taxing cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does. The group seeks to engage Missourians in a serious, public discussion about the issues associated with marijuana consumption, including medical cannabis, industrial hemp, public safety, and financial analysis in order to address problems associated with the current, failed policy.

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Some of the most egregious examples discussed in the report include:

  • The St. Louis Metropolitan Drug Task Force denies its own existence to citizens filing open records requests.
  • The MUSTANG Drug Task Force harasses citizens who attempt to obtain basic information about their public finances.

 

  • The NITRO Drug Task Force pretended we had the wrong number when we called their publicly listed number to file an open records request, before admitting to the lie minutes later. NITRO maintains they aren’t subject to the Sunshine Law.

 

  • The COMET Drug Task Force accidentally copied us on an internal email discussing how to best avoid complying with the Sunshine Law. They later attempted to avoid providing records showing the task force failed to maintain adequate oversight with the claim that the records could be closed under an exception to the Sunshine Law relating to terrorism.
  • The Jefferson County Drug Task Force failed to establish an oversight board as required by state law (RSMo 195.509). Their commanding officer responded to open records requests by mocking our request and refusing to comply with the Sunshine law.
  • Despite claims that drug task forces help combat the spread of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine and heroin, most of the state’s task forces primarily seize marijuana.

Missouri’s drug task forces regularly work with federal agents to circumvent the Missouri Constitution and pad their own budgets, all at the cost of our public schools. Article IX Section VII of the Missouri Constitution requires seized funds be deposited in a public school revolving fund, but drug task force officers routinely use federal loopholes to keep the money for themselves (and even use it to pay themselves overtime).

  • JohnS

    Great report that I encourage all readers of this blog to evaluate and grade.

    I live somewhat close to St. Louis. The state of Missouri is still part hillbilly/redneck state, anyone who has truly been there in the different regions for long periods of time know that, and these guys that work the drug task forces there embody the hillbilly attitude. But Show Me Cannabis is not only well organized, but the group totally contradicts the stereotype of Missouri of being a backwards state outside of the two large metro areas. it’s hard for hillbillies to argue against intelligence and thoughtfulness. Sometimes it is hard to believe that Washington University and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital are in Missouri. It’s a schizophrenic state, and I wish the smart ones the best of luck, and I hope the corrupt hillbillies on the drug task forces lose their jobs and rot in hell.

  • Bonnie Grant

    That is great! Weed is a terrible drug that should not be legal. I am glad they are legalizing the right parts like CBD. I Vape CBD, and get the benefits without getting high.

    • Kane

      Then you need to go to an anti-weed site. Some of us don’t need people like to tell us whats good or whats bad for us. Fucking liberals. You smoke your CBD and I’ll smoke the the whole bud like the good Lord intended.

      • Sarijuana

        I understand the above statement is an ad for CBD only medicine, but Fucking liberals? What’s that got to do with anything here?

        • reefer

          ?then flag as spam…

        • Kane

          If you dont know what that has to do with it then I simply can’t help you my friend. Good luck

          • Sarijuana

            Well, I was hoping for a better explanation of what the fucking liberals have to do with that CBD only guy.

            I guess I will just have to remain clueless, wandering around in my own ignorance and kowtowing to the more
            enlightened, like yourself. I need help from you like my fish needs a bicycle.

    • Sinclair

      You are so wrong and a hypocrite. Your just someone who believes the most of the propaganda besides as long as you bennifit from cbd. Just remember they (anti Marijuana supporters)don’t want CBD to be legal either. There is more beneficial components in Marijuana than cbds.before you start cling me a pot head I will point out I do not smoke pot or vape pot or Cbds I have not in many many years (over 12) I just know absolutely that Marijuana prohibition is and has always been about the Dea and it’s predecessor keeping it’s budget. We have thousands of doctors that believe that Marijuana and not just CBDS is beneficial for multiple illnesses. The way you talk you must know about all of these illnesses and the human body, this must mean that you are a fully licensed medical doctor. Why don’t you go hang out at mmyvofficial.org and listen to their B.S you should feel right at home.

  • Leonard Hester

    Disband the DEA and get it legal nation wide!

    • Nancy Anderson-Price

      There is a need for the DEA regarding stronger “drugs”, just re-schedule cannabis (for MMJ) and move on or, decriminalize it for anyone over 21. I don’t endorse any juvenile use unless prescribed, and if “legal” kids will get it too (as they already do – if they want), but there is a need for illness more than recreation and that takes a “higher” priority (no “pun” intended – lol).

      • soupy

        When the DEA can’t determine the severity between heroin and cannabis and lumps them together in the same category, they are a failed organization. Nobody is falling for their BS anymore.

  • Highguy

    Cops entered my home without a search warrant after I ask for one. That breaks the 4th amendment law. That was L.A.N.E.G. handling five counties in the Lake of the Ozarks area. The cops answer to my request for a search warrant, “I don’t need a search warrant, I smell marijuana”. The judge disagreed.