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Missouri Senate Judiciary Committee Hears Testimony For Marijuana Law Reform

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missouri show me cannabis senate judiciary committeeBy Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair

The Missouri Sentate Judiciary Committee held a special hearing on crime-related matters at the 2013 Missouri Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Columbia. The Committee heard from several witnesses who pointed out the disparity in sentences for various offenses, including marijuana possession.

The Committee heard comments from the leaders of the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office regarding the lack of funds to do good work representing indigent defendant’s in the state’s courts. Appellate court judge Gary Witt talked about the over reliance on raising operating funds for the courts through charging higher court costs for criminal defendants.

I then spoke about how legalizing, or at least decriminalizing marijuana possession would lead to less need to pay public defenders and would raise money for the state through new taxes.

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  1. While I agree with the statements you DO realize, don’t you, that leaving your capslock on makes you come across as retarded?

  2. But why should there be a 30% tax on cannabis? Is there a 30% tax on alcohol products?

    Cannabis should not cost more than tomatoes (approximately $2.99/POUND)… certainly no more than $50 an ounce! It is about $150 an ounce here in Oregon for high quality and the prices have not even started to drop yet due to legalization in WA.

  3. that’s bull, the black market calls for 480 dollars an ounce, at 200 an ounce, even a 30 percent tax is cheaper than 480.

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  5. I think merely having medical marijuana is not good enough. If it was legalized, with hemp, across the board, so many Missourians would benefit. Tourism dollars would flow, new jobs created, a new flow of tax income for the state (please be reasonable, though, Colorado is voting for a 30% tax on marijuana and that will only force people to back to the black market for their buds), please farmers could grow hemp, make hemp seed bio-fuels instead of depleting our ground water by making ethanol, and all the other myriad of things that can be made with hemp and marijuana plants. It’s a win win. But please don’t merely legalize for medical purposes. Yes, there are many medicinal benefits, yet so many moren=benefits and uses for the plant than medicine.

  6. Ricky Ableidinger on

    Missouri Residents need to have the same medical treatments available to them as the other States…I have sent several e-mails to the Polititions in Missouri concerning Medical Marijuana and have not been successful in my journey to get any positive response on the subject…I have also Sent a few e=mails to President OBAMA asking him to consider the issue of Medical Marijuana in my state and have had no positive responce from his office…Look at this point I do not think that it is a matter of if this substance has any medical value or not….In 20 States there are Medical Marijuana Laws….I AM A DISABLED VETERAN THAT HAS SUFFERED WITH SEVER PAIN AND MAJOR DEPRESSION FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS AND HAVE TAKEN MORE KINDS OF PERSCRIPTION MEDICATION THYAN I CARE TO TALK ABOUT,AND HAVE STRUGGLED WITH SIDE EFFECTS THAT ARE IMBARESSING AND CRULE…..I THINK THAT EVERY CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE OFFERED THE SAME MEDICAL TREATMENT AND THE SAME CHOISES AS TO HOW TO TREAT THERE MEDICAL CONDITIONS AS EVERY OTHER CITIZEN…..THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS THAT WE IN MISSOURI SHOULD THINK ABOUT CHANGING OUR MARIJUANA LAWS….THERE ARE SEVERAL CITYS IN MISSOURI THAT HAVE DECRIMNALIZED THE SIMPLE POSSITION OF SMALL AMOUNTS…AS A RESIDENT OF THE SAME STATE IT SHOULD BE THE SAME IN THE WHOLE STATE NOT JUST COLLEGE TOWNS….WE MUST TAKE THE BLACK MARKET OUT OF THE EQUATION…WE MUST ALSO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC AND MAKE SURE THAT WE ALL ARE TREATED EQUAL…..

  7. http://www.hightimes.com/read/10-reasons-marijuana-better-you-alcohol

    http://blog.norml.org/2013/09/16/us-marijuana-arrests-remain-largely-unchanged-in-2012/

    TO WIN THE APPEAL OF THE SENATE AND LAW MAKERS OF MISSOURI I WOULD CONCENTRATE ON THE FACT THAT MARIJUANA IS FAR MORE SAFE THAN ALCOHOL, AND BEING A “RELIGION BASED” REGION, YOU WOULD THINK THAT ALCOHOL WOULD BE LOOKED DOWN UPON, FAR MORE THAN HEMP/MARIJUANA. NOT TO MENTION THE TREMENDOUS INDUSTRY THAT HEMP/MARIJUANA OFFERS, OVER 25,000 DIFFERENT PRODUCTS FROM HEMP ALONE, IT WOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO HELP UPGRADE THE MISSOURI INFRASTRUCTURE.= JOBS,MONEY,OPPORTUNITY,ECONOMIC STIMULATION,REGION STIMULATION BRINGING OVER ALL WEALTH TO MISSOURI.

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