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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Where Can I Sign The Missouri Marijuana Petition?

signature gathering marijuana reform initiativeBy John Payne

I get that question a lot, and it’s incredibly encouraging. It means that there are thousands of people out there eager to sign and support an initiative petition to legalize cannabis in Missouri.

However, as much as I hate to disappoint anyone, you can’t sign it just yet. We still have a great deal of work to do before we are ready to start gathering signatures, but rest assured that we continue to quietly prepare that.

Most of our newsletter articles in the past few months have focused on legislative activities because with Missouri’s brief legislative session, those stories develop and evolve very quickly. But, as the legislature has been enjoying their spring break this week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to update you on the initiative.

First, we don’t know precisely when we will start circulating the petition, as a number of factors are outside our direct control, but the goal is to submit a final version of our initiative as soon as possible after the legislative session concludes in late May. That will allow us to adapt our language to any new laws passed this session.

Furthermore, many people believe that all that you need to do to run a successful initiative campaign is file the initiative and start gathering signatures. True, that is all that is legally required, but an initiative campaign is a massive undertaking with a multitude of moving parts. If any of those parts malfunctions, the whole apparatus can break down.

That’s why we are assembling those parts now, so that when we launch, it will run smoothly and efficiently. In that spirit, here are a some of the more important tasks we have been working on mostly in the background for the past few months:

  • Finding the right political consultants and signature gathering firm to manage the campaign. These people live and breathe campaigns, so the right teams can grind out even a tough campaign for a win. However, the wrong choice can lead to failure, even if the campaign is well-funded. That is what we saw with the early voting initiative last year, which failed to qualify for the ballot despite spending $700,000 on signatures.
  • Polling research not only to help guide revisions to our current initiative but also to teach us what messages Missourians find most persuasive on this issue.
  • Building a coalition that transcends political party, ideology, region of the state, age, or any of the other typical fault lines, so that we can successfully communicate with voters of all stripes as the election approaches.

Each of these tasks are absolutely necessary to our success in November of 2016, and none of them are possible without financial support from people like you. And, as the initiative campaign turns more intense later this year and into 2016, it will also consume vastly more resources.

To be successful, the campaign will likely need to spend upwards of $5 million between now and Election Day 2016, with roughly a million going towards collecting signatures and the rest spent on communicating our message with the public. That is no small sum, and that is why we must start building our war chest now!

Please make a contribution of $10, $25, $50, or even $100 today! Or, if you are able to make a reasonable monthly pledge of $10, $25, or $50, that will amplify your impact over the long haul of the campaign.

I know that when dealing with numbers like $5 million it seems hard to imagine how your contribution of $10 or $25 can make a difference, but even small things can have huge cascading effects.

For example, a domino can knock over another domino roughly one and a half times its size. So, if you start with a domino that is only five millimeters tall and place it next to 29 dominoes, each one and a half times larger than the last, that tiny domino could knock over the Empire State Building. (To see a demonstration of this effect at work, check out this video here.)

Similarly, the more supporters contribute even a relatively small amount like $5, the more momentum it shows that we have, and that encourages other people to give larger amounts. That keeps the cycle spinning and gives the organization the resources we need to consign cannabis prohibition to the dustbin of history, where it rightfully belongs.

I contribute $50 each month, but I will be adding an extra $50 this month to help seed our initiative campaign. I sincerely hope that you will join me by making a $10, $25, or $50 contribution or a monthly pledge now. If you would like to use PayPal, you can send a contribution to john@show-mecannabis.com, and our BitCoin information is accessible here.

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  • Bob Schneider

    Soon as they are ready, please place it in front of me. I want my name on that petition. LEGALIZE Missouri

    • victoria

      If I knew where to sign the petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri I would sign it. Where is the petition can u accesse it on line?

      • Here is a place to look for a place near you. Ask us, and we can try to find a petitioner for you, or we can try and set up a training session and get you trained to help gather them. If you have facebook, Hempeneers United, and for the web: hempeneers.com(under construction) email is, pat @hempeneers.com.

      • You can go to the Sec of State site and see all the initiative petitions approved for circulation and look for 2016-013 and 2016-009 for the cannabis initiatives: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Petitions/default.aspx?PageID=1731

  • Kk

    Us people that are hurting and have been through the pain that we feel, like me, are needing something that will really help us out in life without all the pain. I have eight broken ribs, my right collar bone is broken,and my pelvis bone is broken. And on top of all that I have a tbi. This all happened to me when I had a bad car accident te year of 2002. But really the main two things that is hurting me is my tbi and my ribs. It feels like yet are just staving me. So I support this medical use of marijuana and I say that we are really needing this bill to go through and get passed. Because I doubt very seriously that I am the only one in the state of Missouri that is having to go through all of this pain.

  • Showme

    I’m a native Missourian (also a disabled Veteran) that has suffered for 37 years with Intractable Grand Mal Seizure Disorder (connected to a Traumatic Brain Injury suffered while I was being raped in the US Army in the late 1970’s) and PTSD for 37 years. I tried all the prescription drugs and combinations but nothing worked without causing so many EXTREME side effects that I could not function. Medical cannabis DOES work, though. I was forced to relocate from my home state to be able to obtain medical cannabis “legally.” I have been away from my home/family/roots now for almost 10 years. I am homesick. I want to move back to MY home state and be legal and at least semi-comfortable with the disabilities I have. Please put me on the mailing list. Thank you for your efforts, everybody…

  • freedomlover

    SMC is more interested in talking about reform than actual reform. Polling was done in 2014, why does it need to be done again? The summer months would be the best to collect signatures. I am sure there are volunteers that would help collect them. During the summer there are outdoor festivals, concerts, fairs etc where large numbers of people are. This time is being wasted. The signatures must be turned submitted in May 2015. SMC doesn’t plan on starting collecting signatures until fall or winter of 2014, then when it doesn’t get enough signatures it will be blamed on lack of money. A valid ballot measure hasn’t even been submitted yet.

  • freedomlover

    SMC is more interested in talking about reform than actual reform. Polling was done in 2014, why does it need to be done again? The summer months would be the best to collect signatures. I am sure there are volunteers that would help collect them. During the summer there are outdoor festivals, concerts, fairs etc where large numbers of people are. This time is being wasted. The signatures must be turned submitted in May 2015. SMC doesn’t plan on starting collecting signatures until fall or winter of 2014, then when it doesn’t get enough signatures it will be blamed on lack of money. A valid ballot measure hasn’t even been submitted yet.

    • freedomlover

      Correction, I meant fall winter of 2015, signatures turned in May of 2016.

  • There is one initiative for complete legalization that is collecting signatures. There are two here in Missouri. The Show Me Cannabis one which is 2013-009, and supposedly in rewrite, and the Pedersen one which is 2016-013 and collecting signatures now. Not sure where, but I’ll try to find out.

    • There are several places to sign across the state for 2016-013. Hempeneers United facebook page might be a good start to look or you can contact us at hempenkempens@gmail.com, or pat@hempeneers.com, website hempeneers.com(new and under construction, patients please). We are also looking for people to help gather those signatures. Training is available throughout the state, and we are not dependent on donations to make this work, we are dependent on the good people of Missouri. We are the “Show-Me” state, and and we will show Show Me Cannabis that they are wrong about needing to hire those that help. We need you, not your money. Please help, and contact us for more information. The 2016-013 is below for those that are not familiar with it. Please read and find out why the corporate world does not want this passed. They will go broke. If you want 100% re-legalization of the cannabis plant, maybe it’s time to support a group that is working to get that done.

  • Here are a few places to start for the 2013-013 initiative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/449875708515007/
    and if you aren’t on Facebook, you can email one of the people heading up signature collections here: pat@hempeneers.com. Hope that’s helpful for people.

  • Brad Allen Morris

    Check http://www.facebook.com/legalize420mo we are collecting signatures for the next 6 months… join us! Come sign. Full legalization.