Marijuana Legalization in Missouri
Believe it or not, Missouri might be on its way to legalize marijuana. Just recently, on March 10, the House of Representatives hosted the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety regarding a hearing, which would make marijuana legalization a whole lot easier. The purpose of the hearing was to introduce a marijuana legalization bill that would also focus on taxing and regulating marijuana in a way that is not that dissimilar to alcohol. Representative Chris Kelly is the one supporting the bill and is responsible for introducing it in the first place. Naturally, at first, Mr. Kelly wasn’t that keen on marijuana legalization but what changed his mind was the fact that he spends a part of his career dealing with domestic violence cases. Most of the time, police officers weren’t able to respond to domestic violence calls because they were in the middle of busting a kid over a joint. During the course of his career, Mr. Kelly handed out thousands cannabis sentences but doubts they had any real effect on the behavior of the sentenced individual.
Show Me Cannabis Board
Dan Viets is the Chair of the Show Me Cannabis Regulation Board and he talked mostly about the advantages of marijuana legalization, specifically tax revenue and massive savings in law enforcement that measure up to hundreds of millions of dollars. This makes perfect sense, at least according to Colorado and Washington that are already predicting huge sums in tax revenue. He also debunked that old myth that marijuana legalization increase usage which is simply not true. If anything, various research polls and studies have shown that marijuana use is actually declining once it gets legalized. Accordingly, penalties regarding possession would virtually become non-existent. While the presented information from both Kelly and Viets sounds completely logical, it simply doesn’t have the desired effect without some real life testimonials. This is where Brandy Johnson and Heidi Rayl come in.
Brandy and Hedi spoke about the need for medical marijuana. Their testimony was very emotional as both women are mothers of boys who suffer from serious debilitating conditions. Both boys are suffering from epilepsy that is getting extremely hard to control since they go through at least twelve seizures a day. Of course, both are swallowing prescription medication that is doing them more harm than good. As an alternative, cannabis oil that is rich with CBD showed some really promising results and could be used for treating such extreme epileptic seizures with practically zero side-effects. Well, that’s a great idea but marijuana is still illegal in Missouri and we are hoping this will change for the better. There were a myriad of witnessed testifying that day and we can finally say that opinions are beginning to change in Missouri and that marijuana now actually has a fair shot at getting legalized.