Missouri: Voter Initiated Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect

MISSOURI: Amendment 2, the state’s voter-initiated medical cannabis access law, took effect on Thursday, December 6th. Sixty-six percent of voters approved the measure in November, while rejecting a pair of competing initiatives.

State regulators have 180 days from the law’s enactment date to make available application forms to patients seeking to register to grow and/or possess medical cannabis.

Under the program, physicians may recommend cannabis therapy at his/her discretion. Qualified patients may obtain cannabis from licensed dispensaries or grow their own. Retail cannabis sales will be taxed at four percent. Tax revenues are earmarked to fund programs to assist state veterans.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Missouri NORML.

 

Illinoisans Can Suggest New Diseases For Marijuana Program

ILLINOIS: Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state’s medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit suggestions during January.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions starting Jan. 1 and continuing through the month.

The program allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice annually, in January and July. An advisory board reviews suggestions and makes recommendations.

Hundreds Show Up For Marijuana Forum In Dayton, Ohio, Lots Of Questions

OHIO: At night for a town hall forum on the marijuana issue facing Ohio voters this fall and one thing was clear — there are a lot of questions.

On Nov. 3, Ohioans will decide whether marijuana, once cultivated in the U.S. but made completely illegal in 1970, will again grow in Ohio.

Interest in legalizing pot has steadily increased over the last several decades, and a 330-plus overflow town hall forum crowd — some holding signs in support —was testament Wednesday night.

Doug Berman, an Ohio State law professor and panelist, said the public’s attitude has shifted under state politicians’ feet.

Pro-Pot Group Drops Ballot Campaign To Allow Marijuana In Denver Bars

COLORADO: A pro-marijuana group is withdrawing its ballot measure to allow pot in Denver bars and plans to work instead with the city council and the business community on devising a law on social use in commercial establishments.

Mason Tvert, who led the successful 2012 campaign permitting recreational marijuana use for adults, said in a press release Thursday that his latest group, the Campaign for Limited Social Cannabis Use, had submitted more than twice the number of signatures required for the November ballot.

Stoners Rejoice: Full-On Weed Legalization Is Heading For California Ballots

CALIFORNIA: There’s been mad talk about finally legalizing recreational marijuana in the great state of California.

Well, this is the one you’ve all been waiting for: The big daddy of legalization proponents, ReformCA, part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), says it will have its ballot initiative ready to file with the state attorney general within weeks.

The group made the announcement during a press conference yesterday afternoon.

Attorney General Kamala Harris will have to approve language for signature gathering, but ReformCA already has hired a firm, Progressive Campaigns Inc., to get voters’ endorsements.

It then will have time to gather and turn in signatures. If there are enough verified endorsements, the initiative will be included on the 2016 presidential election ballot in California.

Gov. Rick Snyder Objects To Saginaw’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ballot Initiative

MICHIGAN:  In a little more than two months, voters in the city of Saginaw will get the chance to vote on a marijuana decriminalization measure.

The question was placed on the November general election ballot through a citizen-led petition process.

But high ranking officials in Michigan’s state government, including both Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder, are registering their disapproval.

“The language is inaccurate because it is does not inform the voters that the proposed amendment conflicts with state law or that state law will control regardless of whether the proposed amendment is adopted,” Snyder wrote in a letter received by City Clerk Janet Santos on Aug. 19.

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

FLORIDA:  Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.

But Florida’s Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte’s Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.

Paige Figi is a Colorado mom whose young daughter Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome. It’s a debilitating genetic disease that left the little girl unable to walk, talk or eat. Figi says an oil extracted from a particular strain of marijuana has helped save her daughter’s life.

“Charlotte is doing great,” says Figi, who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to testify at a legislative hearing. “She’s two years in to treatment. I would have brought her here, but she can’t leave Colorado.”

That’s because the marijuana extract her daughter depends on can’t legally be transported across state lines.

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

FLORIDA:  Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.

But Florida’s Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte’s Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.

Paige Figi is a Colorado mom whose young daughter Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome. It’s a debilitating genetic disease that left the little girl unable to walk, talk or eat. Figi says an oil extracted from a particular strain of marijuana has helped save her daughter’s life.

“Charlotte is doing great,” says Figi, who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to testify at a legislative hearing. “She’s two years in to treatment. I would have brought her here, but she can’t leave Colorado.”

That’s because the marijuana extract her daughter depends on can’t legally be transported across state lines.

Napa Valley, CA Medical Marijuana Backers Say They're Closer To Goal

CALIFORNIA:  Volunteers are collecting signatures in front of the Napa County Library and other public venues this week in the hope of overturning the City Council’s December decision to scrap its medical marijuana ordinance.

So far, the grassroots effort reports having collected about 3,000 signatures of registered city voters since late December, with 3,850 signatures — 10 percent of the city’s registered voters — needed by the Jan. 16 deadline. [Read more…]

Fla. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:   The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a proposed constitutional amendment to allow marijuana use for medical reasons should be on the ballot next year.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz want the court to keep the initiative off the ballot. The justices will listen to both sides Thursday.

Supporters are gathering petitions to put the amendment on the ballot. So far more than 136,000 signatures have been verified. More than 683,000 are needed to put the issue before voters.

Bondi has called the wording of the amendment misleading — which is one of the reasons the court can keep it off the ballot.

A Quinnipiac University poll last month showed 82 percent of voters support medical marijuana.