marijuana http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/should-marijuana-be-legal-missouri-medical-or-recreational-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should marijuana be legalized? More than 50 percent of Americans think it should, <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/record-high-americans-favor-legalizing-marijuana.aspx" target="_blank">according to a 2013 Gallup poll</a>, but the issue is far from settled.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:27:33 +0000 Erica Smith 38223 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Should Marijuana Be Legal In Missouri, For Medical Or Recreational Use? Backers Consider Petitions To Legalize Marijuana In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/backers-consider-petitions-legalize-marijuana-missouri <p><em><strong>Updated 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15</strong></em></p><p>Advocates for partly legalizing the growing and use of marijuana in Missouri have gotten the go-ahead to circulate 13 different initiative petitions in the state.</p><p>But that doesn’t mean any of the proposals will be on this fall’s ballot.</p><p>On Wednesday, the Missouri secretary of state's office said it had approved all 13 initiatives for circulation. Nearly 158,000 signatures from registered voters will be needed to put any of the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:03:39 +0000 Jo Mannies 33032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Backers Consider Petitions To Legalize Marijuana In Missouri Pot, Sex And Cigs Among The Focus Of New Illinois Laws http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pot-sex-and-cigs-among-focus-new-illinois-laws <p>With the start of the new year, hundred of laws are taking effect in Illinois. The marquee issues include marijuana, cell phone use, sex education and littering. But all sorts of laws will become enforceable, dealing with everything from special license plates to health-and-safety requirements. For a comprehensive list, go to the <a href="http://quincyjournal.com/above-the-fold/2013/12/30/new-laws-go-into-effect-in-illinois-in-2014/">Quincy Journal</a>.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:28:39 +0000 Donna Korando 32647 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pot, Sex And Cigs Among The Focus Of New Illinois Laws Indictments Handed Down In Mid Mo. For Synthetic Marijuana Sales http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/indictments-handed-down-mid-mo-synthetic-marijuana-sales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal prosecutors are cracking down on businesses in mid Missouri that allegedly sold synthetic marijuana.</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:37:42 +0000 The Associated Press 30784 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Indictments Handed Down In Mid Mo. For Synthetic Marijuana Sales Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legalizes-medical-marijuana <div><p>Illinois has become the&nbsp;20th&nbsp;state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Thursday at a new University of Chicago medical facility.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase. The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:04:06 +0000 The Associated Press 28725 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana Legal Roundtable: Marathon Bomber, Blood Alcohol Test, TIF, Etc. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-roundtable-marathon-bomber-blood-alcohol-test-tif-etc <p>Legal questions surround the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured on Friday.</p><p>What is the role of the public safety exception as it relates to Miranda rights? Were civil rights violated as a result of the lockdown? &nbsp;Should Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant as some Republican legislators have suggested?</p><p>The questions surrounding the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing were discussed by a panel of legal experts, as part of our monthly legal roundtable discussion.</p><p></p><p>The panelists included:</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:29:57 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25672 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Roundtable: Marathon Bomber, Blood Alcohol Test, TIF, Etc. Reduced Penalties For Pot Possession Sent To Mayor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reduced-penalties-pot-possession-sent-mayor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Possession of small amounts of marijuana would, under some circumstances be handled by city prosecutors under legislation sent to Mayor Francis Slay today.</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:07:19 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 25459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reduced Penalties For Pot Possession Sent To Mayor Illinois Takes Step Toward Allowing Medical Marijuana http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-takes-step-toward-allowing-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>An Illinois House committee has approved a measure that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Human Services Committee voted 11-4 Wednesday to move the proposal to the full House for consideration.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure would allow patients over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions to obtain marijuana.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV are among the illnesses.</span></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:54:42 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 9940 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Takes Step Toward Allowing Medical Marijuana The Ins And Outs Of A Hectic Day At City Hall http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ins-and-outs-hectic-day-city-hall <p>The St. Louis Board of Aldermen met today for the last time ahead of the mayoral and aldermanic elections in March and April. Here's what came out (and didn't) of a hectic day at City Hall:</p><p><strong>Foreclosure mediation</strong></p><p>Aldermen sent Mayor Francis Slay a measure that would require lenders to offer homeowners foreclosure mediation. The homeowners do not have to accept, and there's no requirement to reach an agreement.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 22:55:13 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 9139 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Ins And Outs Of A Hectic Day At City Hall Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/marijuana-penalties-could-be-reduced-under-bill-filed-today <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A measure <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB512&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">outlined </a>in the Missouri House on Tuesday could give first-time offenders for marijuana possession the opportunity of community service, instead of jail time.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After completing the sentence, the bill would also allow for the convictions to be removed from the offender’s record.</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:39:56 +0000 Sean Sandefur 9092 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Marijuana Penalties Could Be Reduced Under Bill Filed Today