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Missouri Marijuana Decriminalization Becomes Law Without Governor’s Signature

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missouri show me cannabis rolla town hall meetingCourtesy of The Joint Blog

Senate Bill 491, a proposal that greatly alters Missouri’s criminal code – including decriminalizing the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis - has become law without Governor Jay Nixon’s signature. The state’s legislature approved the measure with an 169 to 17.

Under current Missouri law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can net someone a prison sentence of up to a year. Under Senate Bill 491, the charge for possessing up to 10 grams of cannabis would be reduced to a simple fine, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. Charges involving cannabis cultivation and distribution would also be reduced.

The measure includes several other reforms as well, including removing a mandate that finds someone convicted for the third time on a drug felony charge automatically denied probation and parole.

Unfortunately the proposal doesn’t go into full effect until January, 2017. Those wanting to look over the bill can do so by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  1. Johnny Bloomington on

    Jay Nixon is a pussy and didn’t want his name connected to the bill. Also, January, 2017!!!???!!! WTF

  2. Is this really true? The folks who would know aren’t reporting this:

    “However, in the case of the decriminalization bill, the hearing did not take place until the very last day of the session, because the Speaker of the House did not assign the bill to committee until the final week.

    None of the bills passed either chamber, but we were opening up the discussion, and those legislators who were willing to listen began to reconsider their preconceptions about cannabis policy.”

    http://show-mecannabis.com/2014/05/smc-newsletter-may-19-2014/#sthash.aSRmHZv9.dpuf

  3. Oklahoma should follow suit!! Need 6000 signitures for a reform bill gets to the floor.Go to Oklahoma petitions to sign..-help-this month

  4. End this psycho pharmaceutical McCarthyism! Just legalize cannabis now ,Legalize Cannabis today legalize cannabis forever ! This is a Mid-terms election year get out and vote progressives in office ! Legalisation by 2016. Nationally!

  5. Renee Horwath on

    I am surprised at this because they won’t expand Medicaid. It is a step in the right direction but like I said I am surprised.

  6. I know…. I know…. a snail’s pace…..but…. if it were a tax….. it would be in effect immediately!

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