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St Louis Cannabis Law Reform Bill Committee Hearing Underway

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st saint louis cannabis marijuana reform bill committee hearingAt 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 17th, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Saint Louis Board of Aldermen will hold an initial hearing on Alderman Shane Cohn’s proposed reform to the city’s marijuana laws. The hearing will occur at City Hall (1200 Market Street) in the Kennedy Hearing Room and is open to the public. The more supporters that testify or even just attend the meeting, the more the committee members will understand that the people of Saint Louis want reform.

Here are some suggested talking points if you would like to testify:

1) Saint Louis should emulate the reforms Columbia voters passed in 2004, which prevents police from arresting people simply for possession of small amounts of marijuana and protects medical marijuana patients’ access to their medicine.

2) Law enforcement resources would be much better spent protecting Saint Louisans from violence and property crimes instead of arresting peaceful people for possessing cannabis.

3) People who possess cannabis should not be punished with criminal records that can haunt them the rest of their lives.

If you attend — especially if you plan to testify — please dress nicely. There is no need for a suit, but slacks and a dress shirt would be helpful. If you live in the city of Saint Louis but cannot attend, please call and email your alderman. You can go here to find the name and contact information of your alderman:

http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/search-for-your-alderman.cfm

As always, please be respectful in your communications with elected officials. They are much more likely to listen to people who are friendly and reasonable than to people who are mean and combative.

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  1. baby steps!:

    “Not only has the California Supreme Court rejected attempts to have it review theJackson case, thereby affirming the legality of medical marijuana sales and distribution in the state, it also chose not to depublish this landmark ruling benefiting thousands of patients,” said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access, who represented Jackson in his appeal. “Even though the appellate court decision garnered significant opposition, patients have prevailed in their struggle to protect safe access to medical marijuana.”

  2. In light of the recent law changes in Colorado and Washington, despite the continued harsh laws where I live (Florida), what are the chances that St. Louis will actually pass these initiatives? What kind of effect will high attendance by supporters have?

    And, if St. Louis does approve this bill, what do you think the ripple effect will be? Does Florida stand a chance of seeing change any time soon?

    – Mikal M.
    Tallahassee, FL
    (http://modern-eccentric.blogspot.com)

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