Category: Missouri

NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up

State legislators are pre-filing numerous marijuana reform bills in preparation for the start of the 2016 legislative season. Additionally, members of Congress are negotiating on federal funding measures that could have dramatic effects on national marijuana policy. Click here to find out what new legislative reforms are taking place in your state and what the federal budget could mean for you!

Missouri: Lawmakers Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties, But Legal Relief Still Remains Years Away

Legislation revamping Missouri’s criminal code became law last Tuesday, absent the signature of Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon. Under SB 291, the possession of 10 grams or less of cannabis will be reclassified as a Class D misdemeanor (the lowest criminal classification available), punishable by a fine, not the possibility of jail time.

Allowed: Cop To Lobby For Marijuana Legalization

In St. Louis, Missouri Sgt. Gary Wiegert has been given permission by his chief of police to become an official lobbyist in the state to legalize marijuana for the non-profit organization Show Me Cannabis. While there are hundreds of former law enforcement officers lobbying with the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), having a currently employed  law enforcement officer being given the ‘green’ light by their command to lobby for marijuana legalization maybe a first. Regardless, it most certainly will not be the last! Article appeared from the AP […]

Springfield City Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative, May Be Amended

Last night, the City Council of Springfield, MO voted 6-3 in favor of an initiative that would lower city penalties for possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis to a maximum $150 fine. This measure came about as part of a petitioning process by the group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation. After the group collected enough signatures from Springfield voters, the council had the option of either passing the legislation or putting it before voters in the November election. This measure is similar to an ordinance passed in Columbia, MO in […]

Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Approved for Fall Ballot in Springfield, MO

Residents of Springfield, Missouri will likely be voting on a marijuana decriminalization measure this fall. Initiative proponents, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, submitted their final round of signatures to the city clerk in the past week and received word yesterday that they have met the required threshold of signatures for qualification. On Thursday afternoon, the Springfield City Clerk confirmed the petition has officially qualified with at least 2,132 certified signatures. The petition now moves to the City Council, which has the opportunity to enact the measure into law as written or place […]

Joplin NORML’s Kelly Maddy loses Missouri home to tornado; please help!

Joplin NORML’s, Kelly Maddy, wife Adriel, brother Kyle, and soon-to-be sister-in-law Kelsi’s houses were both destroyed in a devastating tornado Sunday, May 22nd.  Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all the people of the Midwest dealing with these terrible storms. Please donate to help our colleagues and friends get back on their […]