Missouri Council Votes Against Changes To Marijuana Ordinance

Columbia city council votes against decriminalizing the growing of marijuana.

MISSOURI:  Columbia city council members voted against changes to the city’s marijuana ordinance Monday night. Amendments proposed lowering the penalty for people in Columbia who are caught growing two or fewer marijuana plants. The new penalty would fine the person $250 for owning the plants, the same fine for having 35 grams of marijuana or Read the full article…

Sponsor Wants Marijuana Cultivation Bill To Allow Fewer Plants

California water regulators want a say in how marijuana production is overseen.

MISSOURI:  The sponsor of an ordinance to decriminalize the cultivation of marijuana plants has asked the Columbia City Council to again table the proposal after she pared back how many plants are permissible. Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe is asking the council on Monday night to table the bill that would relax the city’s municipal Read the full article…

Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition

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

MISSOURI:  Now that growing and selling marijuana are legitimate businesses in Colorado and Washington, the injustice of sending people to prison for engaging in those activities is starker than ever before. This week at Reason.com, for example, Aaron Malin highlighted the case of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who has served 21 years of a life sentence Read the full article…

Missouri CBD Law Highlights Gray Area Of Federal Law Enforcement

Professional extractors in legal states say DIY home-producers are a “black eye” on an industry that is both inherently medical but also wildly popular and lucrative.

MISSOURI:  Writing rules to implement Missouri’s new law allowing a cannabis-based epilepsy treatment would, if normal procedures are followed, take until at least Dec. 31. Actually growing the plants to maturity and extracting the sought-after resins will add six months or more to the wait, whenever the rules are in effect. The goal of the Read the full article…

Missouri Mom Pushes For Marijuana Law To Aid Son

Brandy Johnson is joining the effort to decriminalize marijuana in Missouri.

MISSOURI: Tres Johnson wasn’t expected to live through his first day. Ten years later, his mother calls him “our little miracle,” but says medical marijuana could greatly improve her child’s life. Now, Brandy Johnson is joining the effort to decriminalize marijuana in Missouri. Tres, of Bernie, Mo., was born with diprosopus, which is Greek for “two Read the full article…

Marijuana Raid That Removes A Source Of Relief Illustrates The Evolution Of An Issue

Several proposed bills are being considered in the Missouri General Assembly, but none might come soon enough to help the Halbins with what was known in the family as “Grampa’s medicine.”

MISSOURI: As usual, Gene Halbin rolled a fat one after lunch. He’d taken a couple of hits when two strangers appeared at the front door. Halbin’s place sits way out of town, off the blacktop, down a dirt road, round a bend, over a bridge and deep into some woods in northwestern Bates County. Good bet they Read the full article…

Huge Crowd Expected At Debate On Whether To Legalize Marijuana In Missouri

"We decided it was more important to do it right than to do it fast," Stephen Gutwillig, the Drug Policy Alliance's deputy executive director, said Tuesday. "We ultimately came quite close but just decided we didn't have enough of the pieces in place right now."

MISSOURI:  Wednesday night a huge crowd is expected to hear both sides of the passionate debate on whether to legalize marijuana in Missouri. The group trying to make pot legal is working hard to drum up support to change the law as early as next year. I will be the moderator Wednesday night, but Tuesday night I Read the full article…