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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Expresses Support For Medical Marijuana

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missouri show me cannabis jay nixon medical marijuanaBy John Payne

On Sunday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appeared on CNN with Governors Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Perry of Texas, and Dan Malloy of Connecticut while they were all visiting Washington D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association. CNN political correspondent asked them all about marijuana legalization.

Governor Nixon responded by expressing cautious support for the idea of medical marijuana: “Medicinally I think that folks are beginning to see that there are things which the medical can get help on…and I think our legislature might consider that.” But Nixon stopped short of calling for full legalization, saying “I think to move beyond that at this point is a bridge too far, but that bridge has not yet been built.”

Governor Nixon is known for being very cagey in his public comments, so it’s no surprise that he didn’t endorse any specific course of action. However, it is interesting that the governor did not totally rule out legalization in the future.

The governor punted on the issue, but his statement show that what constitutes a punt has changed dramatically in the last few years. A few years ago, a politician looking for the safe political answer would say that marijuana is a dangerous drug and therefore should remain illegal for any purpose. Now, the safe answer is still to oppose legalization (at least for the moment), but acknowledge that our cannabis laws need to be reformed.

Obviously, it would be better if the governor endorsed legalizing, regulating, and taxing cannabis like alcohol — and I am extremely disappointed that he still has not commuted Jeff Mizanskey’s life without parole sentence or even responded to the clemency request. Still, the comment is a major signal of how politically mainstream cannabis law reform has become.

However, I do not expect that Governor Nixon will use much if any political capital to push a medical marijuana bill in the legislature. We have to shoulder that task ourselves, so if you haven’t already contacted your legislators about medical marijuana, I urge you to do so using our advocacy page now.

(I know some of you have experienced a glitch with the advocacy pages. If you have this problem, please let me know what the error message says, what time the error occurred, and what operating system and browser you were using, and I will relay that information to Blue State Digital’s technical support team, who can hopefully resolve the problem.)

Without our persistent efforts, I doubt Governor Nixon would have expressed any support for reform. It’s a long process, but we are steadily moving political opinion in our favor. However, this organization cannot exist without your support, so I hope you will consider making a contribution now. Or you can help sustain the struggle for reform by signing up with a monthly pledge today!

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  10. You may not be a “mod” but you have a “High Rep” tag (yes ironic) so it should be harder to flag your comments. Kudos for so many up votes.

  11. You’re like a magician! And here I was just trying to get rid of the scammers telepathically… maybe that’s why it didn’t work.

    Sometimes people can accidently flag someone (uh, like me), so maybe you should make the settings for at least two flags before removing?

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  13. That makes a few of us, I’m sure. But I don”t want to be the hall monitor, and have a big “mod” next to my name, kinda like being the “INFORMANT”

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  15. You also need to understand that Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals is a BIG $$$ donor to him. They’re headquartered IN his district (when he was a Congressman) and in the city he lives as well. There are a couple other Pharmaceutical companies in Indiana. Pfizer for one and iirc Merck has a BIG presence there as well. But Lilly is the connection you’re looking for.

  16. His state… Indiana, has a very conservative voting base across the State. However, IIRC 57+% of registered voters in Indiana support at LEAST medical cannabis. That’s just off of what they’ve learned from the General public’s media. Imagine how high that percentage would rise if there were an organized effort there? When those family Farmers learn how much money they can make by growing Industrial Hemp as well as how many times a year he can produce that crop. So IMHO, AND the fact that I’m a registered Republican and ORIGINALLY from Indiana one upon a time. I can intelligently speak on what Hoosiers really want. Pence is a NEO-CON, and while he may be good for the country fiscally, his “Social Agenda” well keep him from holding higher office IMHO. It plays well with the Hoosier voting bloc, but won’t play well on a Natl. stage.

  17. That really pisses me off. With so many states moving in the opposite direction, the only reason I can see that a politician would do that these days is if they are either; being paid to do so or a significant number of citizens are calling for stricter laws. Marijuana supporters need to put down the bong to get out and start being heard. Get your media involved and PUSH the issue!

  18. Johnny Bloomington on

    Also is their anything in the works for show-me to show up at UCM or somewhere in Sedalia?

  19. Johnny Bloomington on

    Yeah he straight up started talking about something else, avoiding the question altogether! Pence=puppet.

  20. I’d like to hear what Mike Pence said about it. He as Governor of Indiana has STRENGTHENED the penalties for “simple possession” of Cannabis. I’d have LOVED to have heard his reaction to not only Nixon but Perry as well.

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