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Missouri City Council Member Calls In The National Guard To Fight Cannabis

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missouri show me cannabis national guardBy John Payne

Last Tuesday, Springfield City Councilwoman Jan Fisk, filed an ordinance proposal that would allow the Missouri National Guard to help fight the drug war in Springfield. Although the proposal, which you can read here, allows the National Guard to assist in the enforcement of drug laws generally, cannabis is the only drug mentioned specifically.

Many readers will remember that the Springfield City Council pulled a fast one on us and their citizens in the fall of 2012 when they passed an ordinance to reduce penalties on cannabis possession in the city simply to repeal it at their next meeting as part of a ruse to keep it off the ballot. We had assisted local reform advocates in gathering signatures to put the measure before the council and — we thought — the voters of Springfield. (The council’s dirty trick eventually prompted us to sue them, and that lawsuit is ongoing with court ordered mediation scheduled for March.)

During the debate over the local decriminalization ordinance, many council members who opposed the reform claimed that enforcing cannabis laws was not a top priority for the Springfield Police Department. But if enforcing cannabis laws is not a high priority, it is puzzling that the city feels compelled to call in the National Guard to wage a literal war on cannabis.

Perhaps this proposal is motivated more by the $24 million in assets that the Missouri National Guard Counter Drug Task Force helped seize last year than any actual law enforcement goal. After all, if the National Guard brings in more forfeiture dollars in Springfield, the Springfield Police Department will get to keep a large percentage of the proceeds under federal forfeiture statutes.

This proposal misdirects law enforcement priorities away from property and violent crimes towards cannabis offenses and loosens public oversight on law enforcement. If you live in the Springfield area, I strongly urge you to speak out about this proposal at the Springfield City Council meeting tonight, January 13, at 6:30 p.m. Council meetings are held at the Busch Municipal Building at 840 Boonville Avenue, 65802.

Springfield NORML is organizing people to attend and speak at this Facebook event page. I hope many of you can make it and hold our elected officials accountable to the will of the people!

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  1. Great, basically the Army National Guard is robbing pot smokers and giving it to the police departments, (I am sure that would be on the up and up). That sounds about as fair as deer hunting with a high powered rifle. I know a man who deer hunts with a bow (no pun intended Dwayne). That sounds more fair to me. I understand the Cops raiding meth, crack, coke labs and the such, but pot smokers? I have never, ever met a mean person who just smokes a doobie. I know a 75 year old man who puffs one a day, lets go get’m Barney. What a joke,…..ex pot smoker in kc

  2. So there again this is costing tax payers HOW MUCH? Get on board and make it legal and make profit from it and get out of the hole.

  3. So post where your from? I haven’t seen a government YET that’s NOT corrupted in some way.

  4. Its not going away EVER no matter what so quit wasting our tax dollars on stupid shit you know nothing about.

  5. Its not going away EVER no matter what so quit wasting our tax dollars on stupid shit you know nothing about.

  6. Just so people know, as Jan Fisk pointed out, just because her name is signed doesn’t mean she supports the bill. The bills are randomly signed by the council members and this specific bill was actually proposed by Springfields police chief

  7. And your government isn’t corrupt? Sounds like you’ve been smoking a little too much buddy!

  8. michaelfayette on

    QUICK CORRECTION: The Guard is not subject to Posse Comitatus because it is a Title 32 USC entity under the command and control of the states. That said, this is NOT a marijuana issue. This is the Guard seeking relevance (a budget appropriation) in its competition with active (Title 10 USC) forces. Marijuana is just a convenient (and political Bible Belt expedient) excuse.

  9. Sad and broken people on

    shit your country is just so corrupt and disgusting…… Every state is corrupt the whole government is corrupt… Someone needs to “invade” your country and take your weapons of mass destruction off you… And also in the american way they should just take everything else as well…. Bloody disgusting you people are

  10. Jan Fisk is obviously cut from the same cloth as people like Melinda Haag and Kevin Sabet — heartless people with more ambition than sense who think they can use the “cred” they rack up waging war on cannabis consumers and advocates to fuel their current and future career endeavors.

    I don’t like you, Jan.

  11. The blame lies squarely on the citizens who elected this person. If the good people of Springfield don’t object to her ideas, they are essentially approving them. Wait a minute – doesn’t Marge Simpson live in Springfield? Why don’t you elect her?

  12. The National Guard? Are they kidding me? The crazy shit some people dream up… and last year they seized $24 mil in assets, too. That’s a crazy misappropriation of resources.

  13. The National Guard? Are they kidding me? The crazy shit some people dream up… and last year they seized $24 mil in assets, too. That’s a crazy misappropriation of resources.

  14. stellarvoyager on

    Sounds unconstitutional. The military is prohibited from taking any part in domestic law enforcement actions.

  15. stellarvoyager on

    Sounds unconstitutional. The military is prohibited from taking any part in domestic law enforcement actions.

  16. What’s the word on last nights Council meeting? Doesn’t this lady know that you CAN’T use the military to enforce laws WITHOUT declaring “Martial Law”. Secondly, the CITY has NO CONTROL over a State entity. They’d have to involve the Governor. Even then they’d have to declare “Martial Law”.

    She’ll play HELL getting that past the people as well. When are these Bastards up for election. I live in AZ and even I’ll donate to their demise

  17. What’s the word on last nights Council meeting? Doesn’t this lady know that you CAN’T use the military to enforce laws WITHOUT declaring “Martial Law”. Secondly, the CITY has NO CONTROL over a State entity. They’d have to involve the Governor. Even then they’d have to declare “Martial Law”.

    She’ll play HELL getting that past the people as well. When are these Bastards up for election. I live in AZ and even I’ll donate to their demise