Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in Missouri

Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced in Missouri

Missouri lawmakers are now considering three separate marijuana reform bills in 2014; meanwhile voters could decide on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in November.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — On Wednesday, Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) introduced House Bill 1659, which would allow adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana and set up a taxed and regulated marijuana commerce.

If passed, adults 21 or older would be allowed to grow up to eight plants and possess up to sixteen ounces of marijuana per household.  The bill would also establish a process for allowing medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation for those under 21, and allow the cultivation of industrial hemp.

In addition, two additional bills have been filed this year, House Bill 1324, which would allow medical marijuana in the state and House Bill 1325, which would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. The primary sponsor of both bills is Representative Rory Ellinger of University City.

Currently, Missouri has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country. Possession of any amount of marijuana — even as little as a gram — can be punished by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine under state law.

Possession of over 35 grams — about 1.25 ounces — is a felony subject to a prison sentence of up to seven years and a $5,000 fine.

Last year,  two bills that would have relaxed Missouri’s marijuana laws died in committee without getting a vote .  House Bill 668 would have removed criminal penalties for the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients with their doctors’ recommendations, and House Bill 512 would have reduced penalties for possession of marijuana for adults.

Neither of these bills advanced during the 2013 session, largely due to the efforts of Missouri Speaker of the House, Rep. Timothy Jones, who prevented the bills from moving forward.

If efforts at the state house in 2014 fail, grassroots reform organization Show-Me Cannabis is currently in the process of placing a voter initiative on the 2014 ballot, which would create an amendment to the state constitution that would enable marijuana to be regulated for adult use.

To qualify for the ballot, organizers must collect the signatures of roughly 320,000 registered voters by May 4, and they must gather signatures from at least 8% of registered voters in six of the state’s eight US congressional districts.

A March poll conducted by Show-Me Cannabis found that residents favored legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana by a margin of 54-44% when the proposed system was explained.

  • Mark Jones

    this was confusing. this initiative is completely different than what show me cannabis is doing?

    • thedailychronic

      Correct. This is a bill filed by lawmakers in the state legislature, which would have to be approved by both chambers of the legislature and signed into law by the Governor. Show Me Cannabis is working on placing an initiative on the November ballot, which would be decided by voters, not lawmakers..

    • Mike

      This is interesting from a tactical point of view in the movement and people in other states should keep an eye on it, because it’s liable to be a scenario playyed out again and again.

      They’ve stonewalled change on marijuana for years. Now the support numbers for outright legalization are such that in states where the people have initiative or constitutional amendment powers, it’s now easier to bypass the stuck-in-the-mud legislators.

      Last year, legislation went nowhere. Now that there is a constitutional amendment likely to go on the ballot and poll numbers that make a win look possible, legislators are putting up more proposals. Some are from friendly supporters. Many will likely be from those who want to undercut the more liberating popular initiatives. For instance, legislators could sub in a decrim bill, pass it and say good enough, hoping that would persuade enough people to not support a better amendment later on the ballot. It’s also possible that a reasonably good bill could get offered and then altered into a bad bill, then passed.

      States all vary in their processes. Don’t know what may apply specifically to MO. The point is that we, the people, need to be involved. Don’t count on someone else offering your rights on a silver platter. It doesn’t happen that way. This is a time of great promise and great peril for our movement. Unless we keep these folks honest, they’ll pass just enough to cause the issue to die down, then manipulate us all into second class citizenship.

      Remember that the relatively good laws — not perfect, but good — in CO and WA were passed by citizen initiative, NOT state lawmakers. If you want good laws, not half-assed ones, passed in your state, keep active and keep an eye on those who are many of the same folks who’ve voted before to oppress us. They may be honestly trying to help now in many cases, having realized the error of their previous ways, but many are not trustworthy and would best be replaced unless they clearly support good positions on legal marijuana.

      • James McNeill

        Excellent comment. The tipping point in public opinion in any democracy is a simple majority. It’s not coincidental that Obama publicly admitted that MJ was less harmful than alcohol AFTER public opinion of legalization and regulation hit more than 50%. Once the public understands that the costs of prohibition outweigh the costs of legalization, it’s game over.

  • James McNeill

    I’m not an MJ user, however, I am completely in favor of legalization. The social harm of keeping the drug legal far outweighs the any benefits of keeping the drug illegal. In fact, I believe the MJ is clearly less harmful than alcohol. Ironically, lives would be saved if we could reroute users of alcohol to MJ (I am assuming, for argument, that the drug user will use one or the other). Since alcohol is the only common denominator in traffic deaths, switching users of alcohol to MJ would save lives directly. Alcohol is a sedative and causes reflexes to slow. The effects of MJ are not as adverse as alcohol on the road.

    • Jake Stevens

      I’m interested, since you are aware of all this why are you not an MJ user? And would legalization effect whether you’d use it or not?

      • The Democrat

        Maybe he doesn’t want to blow money on it.

      • Mike

        Nothing wrong with that. Most of the people in this country who oppose prohibition do not use marijuana. We should keep this in mind, as we have far more allies now than we have enemies. It’s just that the prohibitionists are much better funded and have access to government resources.

        All the trends in polling and public opinion demonstrate that the Marijuana Majority exists — and most of them don’t even bother to get high. Maybe they just prefer being around us, rather than a bunch of drunks?

  • Frank Rozkiewicz

    Every state is in need of funding for things like infrastructure and medicare for the elderly and disabled. It only makes since to collect tax money from a new source like marijuana and use it to help in these areas. Let’s face it a lot of our roads and bridge’s are falling apart. We need the money it would generate and we could reallocate the wasted money were spending on preventing it. To fighting real problems like crackheads and alcoholics beating there spouses and kids. The state legislature needs to wake up it is safer then alcohol. You want proof go to any bar and watch the alcohol turn normal men into abusive womanizer’s and women into aggressive lust driven tramps. Where cannabis creates easy going Mellow patrons.

  • MarkEntry

    change is inevitable. legalization is better than criminals controlling pot. Harm reduction is the best policy. drive out criminals with regulated distribution. turn a lose-lose situation into the win-win situation by letting people be mature.

  • Michael Votaw

    The 320,000 number isn’t really quite right.

    Even if we collected signatures from the six largest districts in the state, it would only be around 160,000 valid signatures needed. But to be fair, about half of signatures are invalid, so in that sense we do need 320,000.

  • Jeremy N Jacqulin McMurray

    Dear God they better pass this.

  • Jake Stevens

    So it looks like we have a pretty solid majority in favor of legalization, but I worry that this is the kind of situation where the polls and the results might not match up. Does anybody know how the referendums in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon did compared to their polls?

    • Jake Stevens

      Actually maybe I’m wrong. Polls in Colorado showed 53% in favor to 38% opposed, and the ultimate vote was 55% in favor to 44% opposed. So the undecideds did break mostly towards opposition, but those who’d said they were in favor did make it out to vote and didn’t change their minds. Suddenly I’m optimistic about this.

  • Michael Dieker

    I would like to give a pharmacists opinion.
    1. We have learned from cigarettes that things that you light on fire and sucks into your lungs kills people. MJ contains even more carcinogens than tobacco.
    2. Nicotine and alcohol are very simple compounds that are well understood and most importantly are cleared from the body quickly and completely.
    3. Because the dramatic negative impact to society is well known with alcohol and cigarettes, why would we consider adding legalize a detrimental drug.
    4. Most importantly, THC and cannabinoids, of which they are many, are very potent psychotropic drugs that we do not understand especially in the adolescent brain. While it is true that violence and trauma associated with alcohol is much less with MJ, we simply don’t fully understand it and at least with alcohol the content is labeled and regulated.
    5. Please ask yourselves if you believe that alcohol abuse, and related morbidity, and death increased or decreased with the end of prohibition.

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    • Andrew

      People should be able to do whatever they want that doesn’t do harm to others or rips them off financially. Bottom line. Why do you care so much? Why not revolt against alcohol or cigarettes because clearly it does a a lot more damage to the human body and alcohol is a big killer on the roads. Makes more sense to me to take this route if you truly care about the greater good of people you don’t even know. Does the thought of someone inhaling marijuana smoke keep you up at night? Get the fuck out of my business! I’m a tax paying citizen who has to feel like a criminal just because I unwind in a way that has been looked down on based on propaganda. None of us are permanent, so treat others with dignity and let them live how they want to live. I am but a visitor, as are you. I don’t give a flying fuck what you do with your free time so if I could kindly ask you to shut up because you clearly have no idea what you are talking about and just how short life is.

    • Mike

      1. Studies have repeatedly shown cannabis is not associated with cancer. It contains substances that are anti-carcinogenic, which may explain why. Further research is needed to understand that. Your claim of it containing “more carcinogens than tobacco” is debatable. But it’s clearly not causing cancer for whatever reason. And there are always brownies.

      2. The harms caused by tobacco and alcohol are obviously not cleared from the body “quickly and completely.”

      3. The harms caused to individuals, society and our system of government by prohibition are far, far greater than any demonstrable harm caused by cannabis. It’s illegal status serves as cover for police abusing their authority by focusing on enforcement among minority populations — even though whites actually use it at higher rates.

      4. You may not understand it, but in a nation with millions of cannabis users peacefully going about their work and recreation, it’s obvious that we’re not having ax-murders on every block due to cannabis. And if you want it regulated and labeled correctly, you do exactly what CO and WA did. Make it legal and do exactly that. As for lingering THC, actually no, it doesn’t linger. It’s quickly converted into other compounds that do linger, but these have been shown to have no significant effect within hours of use. If they were harmful, then where are all the three-headed cannabis babies? And why is it that hundreds of thousands die every year from alcohol and tobacco, but there are ZERO deaths associated with cannabis.

      5. I doubt there was much difference in alcohol use and harms after Prohibition ended, but it took place under regulated conditions and caused less problems with crime. Since it’s a far more toxic drug than cannabis, whatever happened with alcohol has little relevance to a debate about the legality of cannabis. And if the point of you comment was that a lot more people will use cannabis, you’re simply wrong. People who want to already do so without issues in most cases because the war on marijuana is such a joke. The effect of 40+ years of DEA efforts it that it operates as a price support mechanism for the drug cartels. It’s time to halt a wasteful and failed policy and try something new.

      6. You’ve obviously got a strange conscience. It’s also a plant anyone can grow easily. People will do with it what they will just as they do now. It’s just that society will have better things to do than ahssle them after cannabis is legal.

      • Maureen Long- Wiehage

        And obviously big pharma will lose money as it becomes legal , its safer than most prescription drugs . Big Pharma just wants it to be used in a eay where they control it and make money off it . Running scared as they should be . Americans are realizing they have been brainwashed the past 70 years to believe a harmless plant could only do harm .


        Marijuana is dangerous and it kills: it is a leading cause of injury crashes.

        Sure, marijuana may have never killed anyone as proponents often claim – just as a bottle of whiskey has never killed anyone. What kills people is when someone smokes the marijuana, drinks that bottle, or both at the same time, putting their own and the lives of many innocent people in critical danger. Here’s some examples of people killing and maiming others when under the influence of marijuana with or without combining with alcohol:
        16 year old Teen Dies after Rolling Car off Cliff – Marijuana in System

        Woman Kills Self and 7 others While High on Marijuana
        On August 29, 2009 Diane Schuler, while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana drove the wrong way on a freeway killing herself and 7 others including her 2 year old daughter, 3 nieces and 3 men in the SUV she hit head on. She smoked pot one hour before driving.

        Man Attacks Flight Crew after Eating Marijuana Cookies
        Man “screamed, dropped his pants and attacked crew members on a cross-country flight, forcing its diversion to Pittsburgh, the FBI said”. Kinman Chan later claimed he had eaten marijuana cookies before his flight. Source
        ‘Psychotic Pothead’ Shoots Pentagon Police

        “…John Patrick Bedell liked it (marijuana) too; in fact, he was a marijuana addict. But he inflicted a lot of pain on other people, including the two guards he shot at the Pentagon.”

        Young Man Kills 9 and injures 5 while another Kills 2 Wounds 13 – Both avid marijuana users

        “…The pain has also been evident in other cases, such as admitted pot lover 16-year-old Jeff Weise, who murdered nine people and injured five others in Red Lake, Minnesota and Charles “Andy” Williams, a regular marijuana user who smoked the drug just before killing two schoolmates and wounding 13 others in a San Diego suburban school…”

        The August 2009 La Brea raging fire in Santa Barbara County was touched off by a “cooking fire in a marijuana drug trafficking operation … believed to be run by a Mexican national drug organization.”

        Man Kills 4 Children on Freeway – Nickname is “Smokey”
        “…four children and the driver of a van died when the van hit a concrete bridge abutment after veering off the freeway. Investigators reported that the children nicknamed the driver “Smokey” because he regularly smoked marijuana. The driver was found at the crash scene with marijuana in his pocket. (COMMERCIAL)

        Woman Hits Man, Leaves Lodged in Windshield in Her Garage Two Days Until He Dies
        “…after a night of smoking marijuana, drinking and drugs, a former nurse’s aid hit a homeless man with her car. “Jurors saw pictures of the twisted, bruised and bloody body of a homeless man today as a former nurse’s aide went on trial on charges that she hit him with her car, drove home with his body lodged in the windshield and left him to die in her garage.” (NY TIMES)
        Man Kills Two in Head-On Collision

        George Lynard was convicted of driving with marijuana in his bloodstream, causing a head-on collision that killed a 73 year-old man and a 69 year-old woman. Lynard appealed this conviction because he allegedly had a “valid prescription” for marijuana. Lynard appealed this conviction because he allegedly had a “valid recommendation” for marijuana. A Nevada judge agreed with Lynard and granted him a new trial. The case has been appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court. (DEA)
        Mother’s Day Bus Crash Kills 22 People

        “Frank Bedell should never have been behind the wheel of a bus on Mother’s Day… He was high on marijuana and dizzy from Benadryl. The Mother’s Day bus crash near City Park that killed 22 passengers is being blamed on driver Frank Bedell, who police say was seriously ill and under the influence of drugs when he got behind the wheel of the motor coach that morning. Safety experts say stricter federal rules governing the inspection of buses and the screening of drivers might have prevented the accident.” (NOLA).

        Teenagers Judge Calls “Hyenas” Murder Father of Three
        They are not hard to find. Every few days brings a fresh tale of feral youths meting out random acts of violence with unfathomable intensity. Apart from the shocking brutality, the speed with which a seemingly trivial argument or confrontation can assume murderous proportions, the stories have a common theme: the perpetrators of the violence, often in their very young teens, were high on ’skunk’ at the time.

        • Eli

          You have wasted your time posting all of that I can say simply that the lists of deaths for alcohol is longer and much more graphic if weed does become legal it should be treated as alcohol “dont smoke and drive”

        • Mike

          Leading cause of injury accidents? I don’t think so. Cite your source.

          As for your list, you forgot to include any ax murders. Harry Anslinger is disappointed in you. Make a list of alcohol-related crimes and you’ll find it is far, far longer. Sure, some whack people smoke dope and hurt people. They would’ve probably done that even if they didn’t have any weed.

          Don’t hand them excuses for their behavior. Cannabis did not make them hurt anybody. THEY made that choice. At least the ones where it really might have been a factor in some way. The one’s where prosecutors claim someone was high on cannabis because of the presence of metabolites a week after smoking a joint are just laughable. It may have been detectable, but it had no influence on their driving.

          We allow adults to do lots of things that can be very dangerous, from using alcohol to owning firearms to driving cars. Because a few people abuse that responsibility is no reason to destroy the freedoms and lives of millions of other Americans.

          Why do you hate our freedoms?

    • TheRealOne

      LMFAO HMM bro u gotta do some more research

    • agnar150

      Where did you obtain this wrong information Michael? Obviously you have been talking to the wrong people. Maybe you need to make new friends.

    • Someone

      Thankfully the internet exist so retards and people who do yellow journalism cant spread their crap anymore and it eliminates trolls as well;because the end up just giving the subject more publicity rofl.

    • Heather

      Ok, but you are a pharmacist. Are you afraid that those that use mj won’t need your drugs that ARE harmful to the body anymore? Would this put you out of work? Hmmmm, I wonder why you would be against legalizing it. I don’t smoke but I know several that would benefit from the pain relieving side of mj. My husband would probably benefit. Narcotic pain relievers have caused him to lose weight and don’t work very well. Once again, that would be money out of your pocket. I hope it passes here… as well as for the numerous children that could really benefit from it as well. It’s not a bad thing.

    • Kyle Hershberger

      In Israel, where marijuana is legal, the government actually helps support research on weed. In mice when given weed actually help cued the mice with cancer, I got this on the cnn report “weed” really good informative work on marijuana, it’s on YouTube.

  • Brown Sugar

    Why can’t they just make it legal for everyone in every state ? Those who want it will get it , and those that don’t want it won’t .

    • guest3

      Smoking is generally considered bad for youngsters and has typically a 16 years age limit. Cannabis products intended purely for digestion such as Cannamilk or Cannabutter used for ice cream and smoothies and chocolate bars and brownies could be given a break, Cannabis has an impact on appetite for reasons we do not fully understand yet. But it has never been a crime to enjoy a good steak, So why not give Cannamilk and Cannabutter a break? We politely ask and enquire.


      Why can’t you grow up we all out of high school now , Hey your moms yelling your pop tart is ready ,

      • Eli

        You need to stop trolling the debate here and posting false facts simply because you do not approve.

        • CJ MACINTOSH

          It’s only called trolling to you when someone is posting something negative about your point I guess ! I will post my opinion you will not stop me !

  • Melinda Hawkeye Snyder

    Legalize it, tax it like you do cigarettes and fix the state budget once and for all


      We are working on getting rid of cigarettes so why do we want pot smokers around us now , GROW UP get out of your moms basement !

      • brett w

        I work a full time job and a married man I pay taxes and I take care of my family I have no legal trouble and I own my home and I smoke pot get us head out of our ass pot is much safer than alcohol or any other drug legal or not oh no I’m hungry and dumbasses like u r more tolerable and its natural u mean to tell me god got it wrong I don’t think so jackass

      • omahakid24

        my house is larger than urs im shure . and i have a verry nice job . on that note i smoke weed and cigarettes if i want to destroy my lungs thats my bizz and not yours, i get not smoking indoors but u grow up pal.


      Then why should taxpayers have to pay the burden later in life ,like we are doing with cigarette smokers when you’re unable to pay your hospital bills just because you think you have the right to !

      • omahakid24

        did u know cig tax pays for a large amout of the facilitys and educational programs staff uses to treat u look it up

  • Witchy Currier



      Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another. Long-time joint smokers often suffer from bronchitis, an inflammation of the respiratory tract.


        Where are you getting your facts from I highly doubt that it contains any cancer causing substances considering that it is used in therapy for cancer patients for pain.

      • Guest

        Where on earth are you getting your ridiculously twisted information? I am not a pot smoker but I do have friends who have smoked it since we were in our early 20’s (all around my age, which is 65). NONE of them suffer any of the ill effects you speak of. Because of this about 10 years ago I started to do research on cannabis and found many, many benefits about the plant and no negetives. Maybe you should do some honest research yourself. If so, you’ll find this plant is a truly a gift from God for all the wonderful things that can be made from it, let alone being far more safe and healthy than alcohol…by along shot.

        • CJ MACINTOSH

          It is always funny to me when an article that posts something negative about Marijuana–even ones from research from top Universities–that you STILL will have people dismiss it.

          They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable. We on the left think that only the right dismisses facts and scientific evidence. And the right does the same to the left.

          I have always been someone who respects science, I can identify solid, accurate studies and research. A study is solid through and through and has been backed by multiple centers with a large number of patients and reviewed by peers before publication. You cannot dismiss that as bogus.

          If you are not worried, then why the take down? Just move on, carry on with what you are doing and don’t dismiss scientific fact–that is just a sign of ignorance and denial, neither of which is a sign of an open minded individual.

          The Internet’s being manipulated by ones who are going to profit Billions of dollars from legalization marijuana !

          If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help small children with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures .

          When penicillin was put on the market a thousand dispensary did not open up to market it . So we do not some corn rolled hair hippie selling it in some hole in the wall shop,( called dispensaries) ! They really care about kids as they say all you want is to make a profit for the ones you are working for , your not doing this for nobody but your self STOP LYING !

          Its a joke people would actually move to a state just so they can smoke pot legally. Pot Smokers are really no different that alcoholics. Believe me, we drug test at my company, and if any of these people would ever apply for a job, I would fire his/her a55 before they ever got started. Pot is a gateway drug, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have smoke shops it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , not some corn rolled hair hippie selling it in some hole in the wall shop,! You don’t care about kids, all you want is to make a profit for the ones you are working for your not doing this for nobody but your self STOP LYING !

      • omahakid24

        yha and who cares if thats true or not , ofcorse if u inhale a paper there are carcinagens . but no one is putting it in ur face to smoke or putting booz in ur hand to drink why do u care its what makes people happy sometimes healthy but at the end of it there high paying taxes and going to work like anyone els thwere just as emportant to the econemy as anyone els.

  • mlt500

    I firmly believe that legalization, while popular in other areas of the country, will not take hold anytime in the next decade in Missouri. The logic behind taxing it seems fantastic until you do cost analysis of how much money is collected on the arrest, prosecution, conviction, and sentencing that ultimately results in free labor for the state, but more specifically privatized prisons. No one in their right mind is going to pass legislation that affects their profits if they have anything to do to stop it.
    In places like California, it is NOT cost effective to arrest for pot possession. Too much stuff going on and bigger fish to fry, so to speak. Washington and others contain legislators who acknowledge their constituents wishes, and allow progressive thinking can make laws that reflects those they represent wishes.
    Missouri has little towards that end. In fact, they are going backwards. Remember strip clubs? See how they disappearred? That makes my point even clearer. The prison complex is entrenched here in the middle of the country. It’s just too much money to be made keeping it illegal here. My prediction: Kansas (symbolic of country small town living) will legalize years before Missouri does!!!

    • Mike

      Well, you’re entitled to your opinion, it all depends what the voters say once it’s on the ballot. Even a loss at close to 50% will be a victory, because that will just measure the short distance needed to win, when all the demographics and trends are going in the direction of legalization.

      One thing to keep in mind…your problem formulation here sounds a lot like that which might go through the minds of various secret supporters who are elected officials. Doesn’t apply to you as a private citizen, but they owe it to their constituents to start standing up for change, instead of coming up with reasons not to do anything.

      Point is, once you as a politician reach the very close-by tipping point with the voters, they will just as surely vote you out of office as they will those who openly oppose legalization. The time for excuses is past. It’s time to take a stand.

  • octodad

    had an unbelievable convo w/ MSW that is certified Drug/ Alcohol Counselor. trying to tell me that reefer causes a “haze” that patients take 3 weeks to recover from. what a crock of misinformation. can you imagine what the lawmakers are hearing from these “experts”. truth leads to freedom….

  • guest3

    In recent years, scientists have become increasingly aware of the endocannabinoid system’s role in regulating sleep. In addition to maintaining a regular sleep pattern, the endocannabinoid system has been identified as a potential target for the treatment of insomnia.Studies show that endocannabinoids act to induce sleep and that insomnia may even be caused by a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system. — good sleep adds value to health and life and well being — don’t let anyone with a badge take it away! Why is sleep so important? We (still) do not know exactly why. What we do know: sleep deprivation is frequently and successfully used as part of torture by secret military police in countries no one wants to live in. In USA millions of people consume pharmacological substances for insomnia. Some are very harmful in the long run.

  • wh08501

    For a good and thorough background behind why MaryJane (and hemp) were put on the controlled substances list, I would recommend the book titled “SMOKE SIGNALS” by Martin A. Lee. The whole thing was an illegitimate attempt to control a market so that William Randolph Hearst and Pierre S. DuPont could capitalize on their lumber and new petro-chemical fiber synthesis, respectively, while making hemp and MaryJane look like the natural monsters that they most certainly are not. Henry Anslinger was the government’s first “Drug Czar” and he was a total jerk. — Even the US Government’s own internal research reports could not muster evidence to show that MaryJane is a “gateway drug” or that its effects were anything but transiently potent to the user. No one has ever died from an overdose of MaryJane — regardless if eaten, smoked, or whatever potency level the THC reached in the street. — My point of view: Get hemp and MaryJane off the controlled substances list, and repeal ALL laws regarding their possession. Let the states decide if they want to tax it or otherwise regulate it and the Federal Government should take its nose out of the whole affair and get back to doing things for which it is fit and Constitutionally allowed to be involved with.

  • Ashley Nicole Eilers

    I hope this passes.. i mean come on government… Cigarettes which kill us are legal and taxed… yet something that has never killed or hurt a single person,kid or adult, is illegal. wasting all those cell’s in prison and jail over this when perfectly bad murderers,rapists,meth sellers/makers (now THAT’S a bad drug) and others run free? by the way.. take all the fathers and mothers outa jail and prison for not paying child support.. that is one of the stupidest reasons to imprison a person ive ever heard.. “you wont pay us money even though you actually take care of your kid, your kid is healthy and happy, we send you to prison anyway cause you cant pay your child support..” dumb. what is the government comming to?

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  • Kyle Hershberger

    Very good cooments, I just feel like when people start to get educated on marijuana, it’s really an easy decision. Boston university did a study on effects on brain, they found no harm done to the brain compared to smokers and non smokers, when you see very sick people throw away these harsh pills for weed to help them. It’s a violation of our rights to have this prohibition. But bottom line it’s already a multi Billion dollar industry, do you want criminals running it or do you want regulate it, tax it and make it safer. Marijuana is never going away, just how it’s gunna be regulated is what the vote is truly on.

  • Tanqueray BLVD

    That dude has some nasty ass hands!

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    Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another. Long-time joint smokers often suffer from bronchitis, an inflammation of the respiratory tract.

    • Eli

      Yet is is used in for pain killers for cancer patients