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…

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…

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…

Eleven Years After Being Approved, Montana’s Medical Marijuana Industry Faces An Existential Threat

Those who remain in the state’s medical marijuana system deal in a combination of currency and uncertainty as they await the outcome of a state Supreme Court case that could cripple what’s left of the industry.

MONTANA:  Gone are the flashing green neon lights on street corners advertising $200 ounces of marijuana in Billings and Butte and beyond. Gone are the traveling cannabis caravans of doctors infamous for signing up hundreds of medical marijuana hopefuls in a single day. The vast majority of the nearly 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers that 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…

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…

Proposal Would Put Marijuana On Missouri Ballot

A team of nine “fact finders” are in Colorado to study the effects of marijuana legalization in that state.

MISSOURI:  Supporters of legalized marijuana are getting an early start on a petition drive to put the measure on Missouri’s 2016 ballot. Columbia attorney Dan Viets has already submitted an initiative petition to the secretary of state’s office. That’s the first step in an approval process that could clear the way for supporters to start collecting signatures from Read the full article…

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…