Feb 122015
 February 12, 2015

show me cannabis missouri capitalBy John Payne

On Tuesday, nearly 100 Show-Me Cannabis supporters converged upon the Missouri State Capitol for our lobby day. Donning green and white stickers reading “Friends of Cannabis Reform,” we crisscrossed the building from the morning until the late afternoon, talking to legislators and creating a very visible symbol to everyone there that this is an issue that Missourians care about.

We primarily focused our discussions on medical cannabis (HB 490, HB 800, and SB 395), expansion of the CBD oil law (SB 386), industrial hemp (HB 830 and SB 255), and some potential legislative efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey.

Many legislators seemed to share our optimism about the prospects for industrial hemp and medical cannabis this session. A long road still lies ahead of us, but the odds of robust reforms in the legislature have never been better.

It also appears that Governor Nixon is finally getting the message about Jeff Mizanskey. Yesterday, KMBC in Kansas City ran a story in which the governor pledged to review Jeff’s case before he leaves office in 2016.

I believe that is due in large part to your phone calls and letters and from pressure from legislators. At the same time we were at the Capitol, our friend Rep. Shamed Dogan was speaking with Saint Louis Public Radio about his intentions to file legislation to free Jeff if the Governor does not act.

And legislators like Dogan are motivated to act when their constituents show up in their offices and tell them that cannabis law reform is important to them. That is how our system works. Now, it doesn’t always work, and it almost always works very slowly, but it can work. However, it only works if people like you take the time to get involved.

You can help us make the system work better by volunteering to meet with your legislators. Email me if you are interested, and we can arrange a meeting. Also, if you attended the lobby day on Tuesday, if you didn’t have a chance to tell your team leader how your meetings went, please send me just a couple sentences about your discussion with each legislator.

Finally, help us continue to organize Missouri’s grassroots cannabis reform advocates by making a contribution of $10 or $25 now! You can also offer sustaining support by signing up for a pledge of $25, $10, or even just $5 a month.

Individually, our efforts may seem small, but together they can add up to a seismic shift in Missouri politics. You can make the world a freer, better place.

Source: Show-Me Cannabis

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  8 Responses to “Show-Me Cannabis Takes The Missouri Capitol”

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      We should all be planning right now to group up on 4/20 and come away with the law. We already won they lost war on drugs was a fail.. we should get to make the concessio the tax on it should only go to schools.. they should be the ones making all the money. Let’s invest it on these next generations so the greatest smartest generation will be our children we can watch them tip the scales and teach us something break our hurdles in space and on our own planet.. build state of the art schools in every town we will see a new economic explosion.. stop letting them take all the money and decide

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        This is exactly why I do not support the SMC bill. They file lawsuits against 3 divisions of law enforcement, but then turn around and give the same divisions of law enforcement money for their pensions. Look up Missouri Cannabis Reform on fb. We are supporting a real bill for the people.

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    Missouri Cannabis Reform (MCR) does not support the Show Me Cannabis since they give cops money for pensions but yet they turn around and sue the very same people for breaking the sunshine law here in MO, the cops. Plus their bill does not free all non violent cannabis offenders. Any one that got busted with over their plant and possession limits would stay in jail and more people would be busted for a plant that’s less toxic than peanuts. We don’t put any limits on the amount of dangerous medications we can have in our medicine chest. Show Me Cannabis does not think Missourians are smart enough to go for total legalization. If we went total legalization our job market here in MO would burst wide open. CO first year was 10,000 new jobs. Total legalization could mean 30,000 new jobs in the cannabis industry in MO. Right now MCR is gathering volunteers to help collect signatures for a better bill than what Show Me Cannabis is giving us.

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      Yeah….Show Me Cannabis is doing great work though man. Don’t belittle a fellow reformer. We are all fighting the same fight, and it shouldn’t be against each other.

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        I have not seen SMC do any real work to help the people actually. They just want to help the rich. So ill pass on smc till they start doing what is right for the people. They should just drop their nonsense bill that leaves so many people out and just support the MCRPA. I want what is best for the people and so does Missouri Cannabis Reform. Missouri deserves better than ShowMeCannabis. They wont even answer respectful questions.

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          Yeah if you talked to me like that I wouldn’t answer your questions either. I definitely won’t support MCR if they are half as rude as you. Good job being a hindrance to the cannabis reform here in Missouri, thats just what we needed….

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            I just do what is good for the people instead of pandering to the rich like what SMC does. Plus I find it kind of hard to believe SMC. Aaron straight out lied to and told me that the SMC bill would release all non violent cannabis offenders. Which it does not at least if your over their silly little limits in their bill. And MCR is not the only group of people who are supporting a real bill for the people. Its kind of funny what you define rudeness as. No where did I call anyone a name nor did I degrade anyone. All I have said about SMC is the absolute truth. Its better that we bring out all the bad issues now with SMC so maybe when they go back to work on their bill they will come back with something that’s actually good for the people instead of the rich biz owners they represent.

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