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Medical Marijuana, Decriminalization Bills Filed In Missouri

By Dan Viets, J.D. January 15, 2014 Medical Marijuana, Decriminalization Bills Filed In Missouri
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO — A bill to legalize the limited use of marijuana as medicine and a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana were both filed in the Missouri General Assembly on Monday, January 13.

The primary sponsor of both bills is Representative Rory Ellinger of University City.

House Bill 1324 would add Missouri to the quickly growing list of 22 states which now have some form of legal marijuana use for medical purposes, as does the District of Columbia. New York is the most recent state to join the list following executive action by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The bill would eliminate penalties for those who use marijuana pursuant to a recommendation by a licensed physician for the treatment of serious medical conditions.

It is anticipated that the medical marijuana bill will be assigned to the Health Care Policy Committee chaired by Representative Keith Frederick.

House Bill 1325 is based on the ordinance passed by the voters of the City of Columbia in 2004. It eliminates arrests in favor of the issuance of a summons. The bill would also eliminate the possibility of a jail sentence for possession of small amounts and encourages the Courts specifically to substitute community service work, drug counseling and other more constructive alternatives.

The decriminalization bill is expected to be assigned to the House Downsizing State Government Committee chaired by Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific, Missouri.

A very similar bill was heard in that committee last year very late in the session. It is hoped that an early hearing of the bill may take place this year.

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  • Small user

    People that use it for medical reasons are already buying it on the black market anyways. So why not get the tax money and let those people have small amounts in their home??? As long as they are not driving while drugged, or smoking it in public, what’s the big deal? I know someone who is facing jail time and has paid thousands of dollars in legal fees and court cost for having two joints in their possession. In Missouri, if the Judge is not weed friendly, he or she could give you up to one year in jail and $1000 fine for one roach. That is a joke, come on Governor Nixon, decriminalize small amounts (1 oz. or less) for people who are chronically!!!!! I thought we are the “show-me” state? Maybe that is for small offenders who get “showed” the slammer?

  • Christa Evans

    WE have so many elderly shopping at our consignment store, that go to other states now and buy it, NO CRIMINALS why not keep taxes in missouri

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  • steph

    it would be nice to see a change I am 26 I’ve had two children and both were csection I’ve had 5 sergerys in my lower belly and have a birth defect in my back I have been smoking marijuana since I was a kid I’ve never been to jail Anne don’t plan on it but the marijuana has helped my pain for years and it helps me eat other wise I’d be skinny take into consideration I’ll be 27 this year and never been in jail plz.