Missouri advocates for legalizing marijuana are hoping to capitalize on momentum after several Election Day wins across the country.
The organization Show-Me Cannabis filed a petition Wednesday to amend the state's constitution to allow the recreational use, possession and regulation of marijuana for adults over 21. The group would have to get about 165,000 signatures in order for an amendment initiative to be put on the 2016 statewide ballot, according to executive director John Payne.
Payne said he is confident Show-Me Cannabis can get the needed signatures.
The opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new industry has a Metro East entrepreneur moving forward with plans for a medical marijuana operation, even though there is no guarantee of being granted a license by the state of Illinois.
Mitch Meyers is a partner with NCC LLC, which stands for Nature's Care Company. She says the company has already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into a potential cultivation center and dispensary near Marissa in St. Clair County.
More people are moving out of St. Louis County than moving in – and they’re taking money with them.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites Internal Revenue Service figures that show those who left the county between 2001 and 2010 earned on average $8,000 more than those who moved in. And about 52,000 more people left the county than moved in.
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.
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.