A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petition gatherers in St. Charles over the weekend. The volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.
Dave Roland, an attorney representing the two, says no ordinance was violated because collecting signatures is a First Amendment right.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says there are now 30 confirmed cases of E. coli in the St. Louis area, and officials continue looking for the source. Health officials have tested 55 food samples connected to the St. Louis outbreak, but zero have been confirmed to have E. coli.
The first cases were reported late last month in St. Louis city and St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois.
The 21-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been cited for marijuana possession.
KRCG-TV reports that Willson Nixon was cited early Saturday for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana after police were called to investigate complaints of a loud party at a Columbia apartment complex.
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.