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Push to Get Petitions Signed for a Missouri Constitutional Amendment for Medical Marijuana Use

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A cannabis campaign in Missouri seeks  to legalize medical marijuana.

It’s an amendment to the Missouri constitution. And even a Missouri Southern State University criminal justice professor signed a petition calling for it to be on the November ballot.

Jj Spurlin said,"I’m willing to  just because I think the war on drugs has been a futile war  for a long time. This puts me in an awkward position that I teach criminal justice, but I’'m for the legalization of medicinal cannabis. I’d like to see it go through. I believe in the science behind it.”

The New Approaches amendment puts the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in charge of licensing and implementation while giving physicians power  to determine who qualifies.

Amber Iris Langston, the deputy director of Show-Me Cannabis volunteered to collect petition signatures in Carthage for the New Approaches group.  She said, “Doctors are able to prescribe all sorts of harmful d things which have deadly side effects. This (medicinal marijuana)  is a more natural alternative. No one has ever overdosed from it, so it’s much safer in that respect."

The Missouri Sheriffs Association voted against any legalization of marijuana at its meeting this summer calling marijuana a gateway drug.

Jasper county Sheriff Randee Kaiser said, "I’'ve got two hundred fifty people incarcerated  over there in the Jasper county jail. For those that are incarcerated for drug related crimes, if you talk to them, I would just about guarantee you that ninety-five  percent  of them for drug related crimes started out with marijuana."

Langston argues, "In states which have passed marijuana laws, there is a very clear correlation that there’s a twenty-five  percent reduction in  death from overdose by opiates.  People are using this as  an exit drug from the harsher pharmaceuticals that are really damaging their bodies."

There's legislation in the Missouri house besides the amendment. Representative Bill White says he'd  only support a measure that truly  treats it like medicine.

White said, "Where you get a prescription from physician.  You go to your pharmacist, they give you pills or an elixir, it’s processed, that you take under the physicians care. It would be same thing  get like hydrocodone or an antibiotic."

Proponents have until the first week of May to get 168 thousand valid voter signatures. And Langston says the group is currently passed that number but securing extras to be safe to meet the requirement.

    

To read more about the New Approaches initiative click on this link.

A cannabis campaign in Missouri seeks  to legalize medical marijuana.

It’s an amendment to the Missouri constitution. And even a Missouri Southern State University criminal justice professor signed a petition calling for it to be on the November ballot.

Jj Spurlin said,"I’m willing to  just because I think the war on drugs has been a futile war  for a long time. This puts me in an awkward position that I teach criminal justice, but I’'m for the legalization of medicinal cannabis. I’d like to see it go through. I believe in the science behind it.”

The New Approaches amendment puts the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in charge of licensing and implementation while giving physicians power  to determine who qualifies.

Amber Iris Langston, the deputy director of Show-Me Cannabis volunteered to collect petition signatures in Carthage for the New Approaches group.  She said, “Doctors are able to prescribe all sorts of harmful d things which have deadly side effects. This (medicinal marijuana)  is a more natural alternative. No one has ever overdosed from it, so it’s much safer in that respect."

The Missouri Sheriffs Association voted against any legalization of marijuana at its meeting this summer calling marijuana a gateway drug.

Jasper county Sheriff Randee Kaiser said, "I’'ve got two hundred fifty people incarcerated  over there in the Jasper county jail. For those that are incarcerated for drug related crimes, if you talk to them, I would just about guarantee you that ninety-five  percent  of them for drug related crimes started out with marijuana."

Langston argues, "In states which have passed marijuana laws, there is a very clear correlation that there’s a twenty-five  percent reduction in  death from overdose by opiates.  People are using this as  an exit drug from the harsher pharmaceuticals that are really damaging their bodies."

There's legislation in the Missouri house besides the amendment. Representative Bill White says he'd  only support a measure that truly  treats it like medicine.

White said, "Where you get a prescription from physician.  You go to your pharmacist, they give you pills or an elixir, it’s processed, that you take under the physicians care. It would be same thing  get like hydrocodone or an antibiotic."

Proponents have until the first week of May to get 168 thousand valid voter signatures. And Langston says the group is currently passed that number but securing extras to be safe to meet the requirement.

    

To read more about the New Approaches initiative click on this link.http://www.newapproachmissouri.com/initiative

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