Woman argues Missouri’s ‘right to farm’ applies to marijuana

A Jefferson City woman believes Missouri’s constitutional right to farm means she can cultivate marijuana in her basement.

Lisa A. Loesch, 52, was charged in 2013 with a felony count of manufacturing and/or distributing a controlled substance after investigators found potted marijuana plants in her basement. Loesch’s lawyer is now asking a judge to throw out her case because a 2014 amendment to the state constitution guarantees residents the right to farm and ranch.

Her attorney wrote in his motion for dismissal that, “the amendment prohibits the Legislature from declaring what can and cannot be grown in Missouri.”

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