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Police Sgt. Can Continue To Work With Missouri ‘Show Me Cannabis’ Campaign

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missouri show me cannabis gary wiegert police copBy Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director

In St. Louis, Missouri Sgt. Gary Wiegert has been given permission by his chief of police to become an official lobbyist in the state to legalize marijuana for the non-profit organization Show Me Cannabis.

While there are hundreds of former law enforcement officers lobbying with the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), having a currently employed  law enforcement officer being given the ‘green’ light by their command to lobby for marijuana legalization maybe a first. Regardless, it most certainly will not be the last!

Article appeared from the AP in the Kansas City Star:

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization.

Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for “secondary employment” will be allowed.

Wiegert filed a complaint earlier this year with U.S. District Court claiming the department violated his First Amendment rights to free speech for refusing to allow him to lobby on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis.

Wiegert worked for three years as a lobbyist for the St. Louis Tea Party. In February, he submitted a new application to the department. The application did not require him to state for whom he would lobby. It was approved but revoked after the department learned Wiegert was lobbying for the pro-marijuana group.

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  1. Brando Riordan on

    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.

  2. Dante Smith on

    Hey Johnny –

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  3. very interesting…….i remember reading this story months ago…..he wasnt sure if he would be allowed to continue his work……glad he is able to…….

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