Cannabis activist are attempt to place a constitutionals amendment on the ballot to end prohibition of cannabis (marijuana) activities for Missouri’s 2012 general election. Cannabis activist lobbied the state legislature to reform the marijuana laws but any legislation dealing with legalizing medical marijuana never received vote. In stead the legislature passed laws leading to drug testing food stamps recipients as well as continuing to pass legislation dealing with synthetic drugs. This lead cannabis activist to attempt a ballot initiative to reform Missouri’s constitution with Show-Me Cannabis Regulation (SMCR)
While they are carrying petitions for Show-Me Cannabis, they should carry petitions for Your Vote Counts as well. Your Vote Count’s petition is a constitutional amendment to make it harder for the state legislature to overturn the will of the people by increasing the threshold from a simple majority to 3/4 majority in both houses of Missouri legislature to over turn ballot initiatives. This rule would only apply to statue changes by ballot initiatives. The legislature cannot change constitutional changes.Even though SMCR’s petition is a constitutional change, Your Vote Count’s petition advances cannabis activist’s cause because the fight wouldn’t be over even if Missouri voters agree to legalize marijuana. Cannabis should look to the future to place statutory changes before Missouri voters. Here are the possible scenario for future statutory changes:
- To allow for state care for low income cannabis patient under MO Healthnet. SMCR’s proposal would not provide coverage to cannabis patients. MO Healthnet is on of six agencies reporting to Missouri’s Department of Social Services. So it would be better to change statue then write new regulations for a department in to the constitution.
- The legislature would continue to find ways to prohibit and/or make cannabis as restrictive as possible. For example, the legislature might mandate prohibit the sale of cannabis within 1,000 feet of schools, grocery stores or churches. In response to such legislature actions, voters will have to override the legislature with a ballot initiative
Your Vote Count’s timeline reveals how the legislature have overturned the will of the people in the past. SMCR petitions would be appropriate for a statue change but cannabis activist don’t want the legislature to repeal the vote the following legislature session. The passage of Your Vote Count’s proposal will encourage activist to circulate statute changes. Please view the video of Baruti talk about the ‘war on drugs.’
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