Marijuana Legalization Petitions Filed In Missouri

Neill Franklin points out other narcotics officers at the Show-Me Cannabis discussion, Thursday. | Photo by Taylor Malottki
Neill Franklin presents Nov. 14 in Columbia at an event in support of the reform of marijuana laws. | Photo by Taylor Malottki

Ten potential petitions that would legalize marijuana possession in Missouri are open for public review before advocates decide which ones to try to get on the November 2014 ballot. The Secretary of State’s office has posted them on its web page so members of the public can comment on them before any are approved for public circulation.

Columbia attorney Dan Viets, the state Director of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said the 10 are basically the same but differ by degrees in the number of marijuana plants someone can grow and the quantity of processed marijuana a person can have. Viets said the country is dealing with marijuana the way it dealt with alcohol during prohibition. He said the group wants marijuana to be treated the same way alcohol is in terms of possession, sales, and taxation.

Viets says the campaign will do public polling to decide which of the ten petitions to circulate once the secretary of state has approved the language.

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