Marijuana legalization
5:34 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Pro-cannabis organization seeks decriminalization of marijuana in Mo.

An organization called Show-Me Cannabis wants to ask Missourians to vote on the legalization and medical regulation of marijuana.

Under the proposal, pot use, possession and small-scale growing would be decriminalized for Missourians who are 21 or older. The state would also be required to issue retail licenses to sell the drug and oversee a medical marijuana program.

Campaign Director Amber Langston said it’s important to at least have a discussion about the benefits of marijuana.

"We need to do something different and we need to do something that not only is cost-effective, but actually stops dehumanizing people that are walking around every day in our midst and they’re afraid to talk about it," Langston said. "This isn’t for college kids in their dorm rooms. This is something that your grandma might actually need."

If the Secretary of State’s office approves the proposed amendment, supporters will then need to collect enough signatures from voters by next May in order to get it on the November ballot.