Marijuana Legalization Could Come To These 12 States This Year

Who are next 12 states to legalize cannabis?

By Eric Weisbrot Despite strong efforts to maintain the criminalization of marijuana use in the United States, many individuals and lawmakers have taken a step in the direction of legalization over the last several years. Currently, there are 29 states that allow for medical marijuana use, under particular limitations, and a smaller percentage that give residents Read the full article…

Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use

"Decriminalization of cannabis in five states between the years 2009 and 2014 was associated with large and immediate decreases in drug-related arrests for both youth and adults. ... The sharp drop in arrest rates suggests that implementation of these policies likely changed police behavior as intended."

MISSOURI: State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers affiliated with Washington University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators examined the impact of cannabis decriminalization Read the full article…

Missouri Could Decide Medical Marijuana Issue In 2016

“We think it has a good shot,” said John Payne, the executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, a marijuana advocacy organization.

MISSOURI:  Missouri’s 2016 ballot could be filled with weed. Competing proposals, bolstered by growing national support, are seeking to put medical marijuana legalization on the statewide ballot. If approved, Missouri would join 23 other states that have done so. Proponents have an uphill battle. First they need to collect 168,000 valid signatures from at least six Read the full article…

The States That Don’t Want To Legalize Marijuana

Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Idaho are the only states—of those where residents were polled—that don’t support legalizing marijuana.

Public Service Announcement: 7 states are the party poopers of America. Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Idaho are the only states—of those where residents were polled—that don’t support legalizing marijuana. The majority of people in 26 out of 38 states where people were asked about marijuana legalization since 2012 said they supported it, according to a report Read the full article…

Missouri Marijuana Campaign Hires Top Political Consultant

Fundraising is key.

MISSOURI: A campaign committee in support of medical marijuana in Missouri has hired a prominent political consultant and started raising money for the cause, signs that a medical pot proposal might have a serious chance of making it on the 2016 ballot. Jack Cardetti, who worked on successful campaigns for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Secretary Read the full article…

Judge: Missouri Right-To-Farm Doesn’t Cover Marijuana

A Missouri judge ruled this week that a new constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to farm doesn't protect marijuana home grows.

MISSOURI:  A new constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to farm doesn’t protect a woman who reportedly grew marijuana in her home, a Missouri judge ruled this week. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled against a woman Tuesday whose public defender tried to argue that cultivating marijuana falls under the farming-rights amendment, the Jefferson City News Read the full article…

Jeff Mizanskey, Sentenced To Life With No Parole On Marijuana-Related Charge, Walks Free

Jeff Mizanskey walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars for marijuana related charges.

MISSOURI:  A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars. The release of Jeff Mizanskey followed years of lobbying from family, lawmakers and advocates for the legalization of marijuana, who argued that the sentence Read the full article…

Does Missouri’s ‘Right To Farm’ Amendment Mean You Can Grow Marijuana In The Basement?

A Missouri woman believes her constitutional right to farm shields her against being prosecuted for allegedly growing a small crop of marijuana in her basement.

MISSOURI:  A Missouri woman believes her constitutional right to farm shields her against being prosecuted for allegedly growing a small crop of marijuana in her basement. Lisa Loesch, 52, of Jefferson City, was charged in 2013 with a felony count of manufacturing and/or distributing a controlled substance. Investigators with the Jefferson City Police Department and Read the full article…

This Man Is Serving A Life Sentence For Marijuana — But There’s Now A Bill That Will Fix That

New marijuana regulations that passed the State Senate last week would retroactively clear the records of people who have been convicted of criminal offenses of “possession, delivery or manufacture” of marijuana.

MISSOURI:  A new Missouri bill would grant clemency to inmates serving life sentences for marijuana-related offenses, which could help a 61-year-old man who’s already served 20 years. Under House Bill 978, introduced by Rep. Shamed Dogan (R), nonviolent offenders who have only been convicted for marijuana offenses and were sentenced to life in prison would be released Read the full article…

Anti-Marijuana Vote Leads To Recall Hearing

A New York business has begun outling plans to open medical marijuana dispensary that could serve 40 to 50 patients a day.

MISSOURI:  Columbia, Missouri may very well be seeing the first politician to have their office challenged for being against marijuana reform. Officials have certified that a petition to recall First Ward Columbia City Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick has enough signatures to go before the city council. Her term only started in April. The reason a new councilwoman would Read the full article…