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New Approach to get head start on medical marijuana ballot measure

New Approach to get head start on medical marijuana ballot measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last year, Missouri’s medical marijuana measure fell just 23 signatures short of making the November ballot. Now, the same group will hope to have just slightly better luck in the 2018 election. New Approach Missouri announced they would begin their signature collection this month for Initiative Petition 2018-051, which would make Missouri the 29th


Neely files new bill to allow medical marijuana for terminal patients

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, re-filed legislation this session that would legalize medical marijuana, a bill similar to one he attempted to pass last year. HB 437 will allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to terminally ill patients and permit medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within the state. “It’s something that we


MAC approves three resolutions, but votes against cannabis prohibition

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – The Missouri Association of Counties voted on four resolutions Monday afternoon during the convention at the Lake of the Ozarks, approving all but one of the measures. The three approved resolutions involved rebuking unfunded mandates of the state government and requests to fund infrastructure and highway improvements and the state’s 911

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Medical cannabis supporters looking to connect with conservatives

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Eapen Thampy, the founder of Heartland Priorities, spoke in front of the Columbia Pachyderm Club Friday. He spoke on a topic that only a decade and a half ago likely would have been taboo for any official party event – legalizing cannabis or marijuana for medical use. Thampy has advocated for drug


Medical marijuana legislation continues to make inroads

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a historic vote last week, the House Emerging Issues Committee passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Missouri by an 11-1 vote, the largest margin any measure regarding the topic has ever received in the Missouri House of Representatives. That vote serves as the latest reminder, along with

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Jackson County sheriff hopes to see legislative legalization of medical cannabis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The vice president of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association (MSA), Mike Sharp, hesitates to support medical marijuana, but he supports the legalization of medical cannabis. The verbiage is important. The 26-year veteran of law enforcement, including his current position as sheriff of Jackson County, dislikes using the word “marijuana” when discussing medical applications.

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Medical marijuana bill heard before committee

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Marking a small but notable shift in the politics of cannabis, a House committee heard legislation today from a Republican lawmaker that would regulate and legalize marijuana for medical purposes in the state of Missouri. HB800 is sponsored by Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair. Hinson’s bill would create the “Missouri Compassionate


House approves hemp extract bill for medical use

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House advanced a measure to allow for access to a substance derived from hemp plants that can treat epilepsy, marking the first time the body has approved any treatment options derived from cannabis. Bill sponsor, Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, says the bill is absolutely not a medical marijuana bill,