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Missouri Legislation Proposal Wants To Make Weed As Legal As Corn

Corn Field in Missouri, Where Legislators are Hoping to Legalize Cannabis
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Missouri Legislation Proposal Wants To Make Weed As Legal As Corn

Author and marijuana activist Mark Pederson is at the helm of a proposal that would be a catalyst for a major change in cannabis regulation. He has presented petition 2016-008, legislation that aims to reduce marijuana from a Schedule I classification on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of controlled substances to a food that would therein be subject to inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture.

In a recent interview with Daily River Front Times, Pederson stated that he believed the government discourages a “superfood” that is “less toxic than baby aspirin.” His proposal, which some might consider unusual, is deliberately dissimilar and outstanding from any other marijuana legislation that has come to vote anywhere in recent times.

With the aide of KC Norml, a marijuana law reform group based in Kansas City, Missouri, Pederson successfully submitted the petition to put cannabis legalization to vote on the 2016 Missouri general election ballot.

“I believe that cannabis needs to be as legal as corn or wheat,” Pedersen said.

And his proposal suggests that he’s quite serious. His initiative seeks to limit law enforcement, ban age limits on usage, abolish high taxation and allow an unlimited amount of the plant to be cultivated. KC Norml needs roughly 160,000 signatures or 8 percent of active voters to get on the ballot.

The initiative is unprecedented, as he desires not only the release of anyone in prison or from parole for a marijuana-only conviction but also to deny police the authority to arrest or charge a person with a DUI if the person only tests positive for marijuana.

“Testing positive… has no bearing on an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle,” he said.

Pederson currently processes full cannabis extract oil for medical patients battling ailment and disease in Colorado. Adults and children as young as one years old benefit from his extracts, which he says help limit “and in some cases stops their seizures.”

Working directly with medical marijuana patients, Pederson is able to acknowledge the issues with legislation that affects patients who need cannabis to properly function. Due to legislation in Colorado, residents are only allowed to grow six plants at a time. He iterates how “absolutely, positively absurd” it is to limit marijuana cultivation in a state where pot is legal. Particularly because some people require more cannabis than other to manage their symptoms. He cites meeting patients that drank one full plant a day. Combine this limitation with tax laws that according to Pederson, “channel revenue into a funnel so a number of people can get wealthy” and the state has created a situation that makes marijuana products too costly to the people that need it most.

“What we want to bring is education,” Pedersen said. “If every person truly understood the scope of what we’re talking about and what it means for people’s health, they would be pulling down the gates.”

As cannabis continues its rise to legalization, more people than ever are starting to become aware of its wonderful benefits from a pain reliever to sleep and hunger aide. Scientists, doctors and patients throughout the nation can attest to the plant’s healing qualities. Equally, oil, wax and hash have proven to assist people who utilize it and its application in food has become a mainstay for its consumption. Still, the positives of cannabis are overshadowed by its view in the most important regard, legality. Though it’s legal in 23 states and Washington, D.C., federal law still prohibits the use, cultivation and sale of cannabis.

How do you feel about the proposal? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. LaVonne Cyr

    July 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I have a few medical conditions that cause pain 24/7. I also deal with depression and anxiety. About a year ago, i was going through a lot of changes in my life that was adding to my conditions. I was very happy to discover how much relief I got from the Marijuana that i tried. The pain level went down almost immediately and i slept better than i had in years. I feel that God put this plant on earth for a purpose and we should be able to use this drug freely. It is time to change how marijuana is viewed and controlled. The drug companies should not even be involved in this issue. It is was put on this earth by God. It should not be controlled by man!

  2. Victoria Roberts

    January 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve smoked off and on since I was 16….I’m 60 now. I don’t smoke now because it is illegal. That is a mystery to me. How can something that grows naturally be illegal? How can a country like America keep it illegal? I have had close associations with alcoholics and smokers. I would much rather spend an evening socializing with a smoker than an alcoholic. Alcohol is the real enemy…it destroys families, destroys lives, destroys livers, hearts, kidneys, and more….. Please use common sense and legalize marijuana. There’ll be less alcoholics out driving around if you do….

  3. justen

    January 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I think it should be passed because it helps on so many levels when it comes to cancer helps u eat helps you sleep

  4. ZEMTEK

    January 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I know I am supporting this bill because I am sick and tired of wondering if a cop going to harass me over some stupid plant that’s harmless. Plus if everyone allow to grow here then everyone will have relative cheap access to the medication they need to live a productive life. With more and more medical reports coming out about the benefits of cannabis I do believe by 2016 the people of Missouri here will be smart enough to know to vote and pass this bill. Even though some people think Missourians are too stupid to see that this bill is ideal. I disagree with them, Missourians I do believe are smart enough pass this bill

  5. Angie

    January 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Teens have & will always buy Cannbis..when teens are juicing raw fresh cannabis with their parents & the taboo is off youths will only see cannabis as something which it is food, beneficial & as a relaxation aid rather than pharma meds which many young adults take with disasterous results. Cannabis is teaching youths an organic alternative to chemicals that can harm them. If a little cannabis is all they do adults should be happy. Happy kids are like happy wives….happy life. Teens today can get into alcohol at just about any home, cigarettes, pills in anyones medicine cabinet…why is the safest substance a better option if they are gonna experiment it’s best they do it with an organic plant that has health benefits. If parents don’t want their teens to do it…ground them if they do don’t call the police on them or send them court.

  6. John

    January 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    No comment here. But I would like to know if it is true what I’m reading about the goverment legalizing MJ on reservations across the entire US. Leaving the decision up to each tribal governing body to decide for themselves. ?

  7. Brenda

    January 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I am behind this, Cannabis should be listed as a food and grown by
    everyone that wished too!!!

  8. Jasmine

    January 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Being a parent of a child who needs cannabis to thrive , I understand this completely. Missouri needs to pull down the gates so to speak. We are Colorado refugees and if our oil for my 10 year old with intractable epilepsy wasn’t donated .. He wouldn’t have it.. And as critical as he was when we moved here.. Who knows what would have happened in the last 5 months. Cannabis has given him life literally. Probably the only reason I don’t have to see him on a ventilator again. We would love to move back home to Missouri.. But its in the governments hands.. And apparently they don’t have compassion when it comes to people suffering and even losing their lives waiting.

  9. Dee

    January 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    It’s really not logical to assume a petition of this nature would pass during a presidential election.

    Too many people who don’t consider cannabis prohibition a real problem will be appalled at the idea of kids being allowed to buy weed.

  10. Mark

    January 3, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    its time for the government to get out of the way of “THE PEOPLE” and time for the end of such corruption in our government. This would be the most pure form of legalization.

  11. R. S. Ireland

    January 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    The statement, “What we want to bring is education,”… …“If every person truly understood the scope of what we’re talking about and what it means for people’s health, they would be pulling down the gates.” I’m seeing a potential for this to be something epic once all the information comes out in a consolidated package, which could take a mini-series to disseminate and a massive media campaign behind it. That’s just to fully reteach everyone the human body, because modern med has REALLY had it wrong and on so many counts we’re only still thank goodness discovering. They have uncovered a whole new world, because this is not only throughout all of our bodies, it has been in every vertebrate species’ bodies and they totally missed it …and it is a MASSIVE broad spectrum disease PREVENTOR, fighter and symptom reliever. That’s already beyond denial and we are seeing it on the streets where it’s legal and underground where it’s not, with relatively the same or more claims found in that group and they are the ones driving this message home, that cannabis is an amazing medicine (after the fact of a massive nutrient deficiency of over 400 compounds our bodies can’t produce and being a near perfect food). Ultimately, this needs to be as a regular fare on our plates again. Next, agriculture needs to get involved and other industries retool or convert oooooooooor… We did it in WWII and that only took about 2 years. I digress. This is the ONLY outcome this ends with, just legalize it completely. Let farmers test out for large scale production, which type plants they want for final value added product. Let everyone play around with this beautiful ornamental, nutritive-medicinal herb. It’s just a plant, people. move this along. nothing to be seen here, it’s just a plant and does no one harm, but more good than you can even yet imagine. Everyone is blowing their own smoke screen in not fully grasping there’s not only 2 compounds (and they are already proven some pretty far reaching results. Pay closer attention, because there are about 525 compounds in this plant and they are nearly all showing some specific and serious functions, or at least some benefit we already would expect of compounds from the various classes of compounds we already know about. Now oddly, we are finding this plant …alone, works in a multitude of mechanisms throughout the body, not just one organ, one disease or one symptom. It’s also working at the genetic level affecting repairs, cell birth, up through systems and organs. These things play with almost every cell. In many instances it is

  12. Daniel DeMaio

    January 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    If you treat people like children, they will act like children. If you treat them like adults, they have a chance to grow up. Let’s abolish the ‘Nanny State’ now.

    Adults should be free to research and self prescribe ALL drugs but, I’d settle for ALL products of nature being totally free to grow and use by everyone.

  13. Jennifer Johnson

    January 3, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Yes legalize marijuana in Missouri. Please!

  14. bzay basnet

    January 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

    yeah marijuana legalization is must necessary for a positive change.

  15. Scott

    January 3, 2015 at 5:44 am

    i am in full support of the legalization of marijuana had Florida held the ballot earlier and passed their election my father would still be here today. I had found away to get my father CO but by the time I did it was too late for the 90 day treatment it’s a shame to see a natural remedy like this to still be illegal. While pain killers Xanax etc are Legal drugs Who’s right is it to judge what drugs are legal. Shouldn’t it be the benefit to the patient with less side effects.

  16. heathe obrien daugherty

    January 3, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I believe that Marijuana, Cannabis, what ever you choose to cal it should be legal for many of reasons. Mostly because it is a plant a natural medicinal plantthat has been given to us to help heal ppeople. Iam all for natural medication. I will vote for legalization I will always vote for natural…

  17. JOE

    January 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    He’s not wrong but he is foolish. Picking a fight he will lose will set NORML, SAFER and MPP back by making it appear like people dont want legalization. NORML has a great strategy that will result in legalization.

  18. Terry L. Bowen

    January 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    If this could be achieved, it would be the single most monumental success of the last 100 years for any legislation. I for one would fully support this move, and I am certain that everybody I know would also support this. Get that petition out to the public, and watch how fast the signatures are applied.

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