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Marijuana Law Reform Advocates Sue City of Springfield, Missouri

July 25th

By | The Daily Chronic - The Voice of the Reform Generation

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Maranda Reynolds, Springfield Cannabis Regulation, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, and the American Victory Coalition filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Springfield and its City Councilmembers for violations of state and federal constitutional rights. Plaintiffs seek actual and punitive damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees.

A 2012 initiative petition effort to place a measure on the November 2012 ballot lessening the penalties for personal cannabis possession, led by local Springfield proponents and funded by Springfield donors, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation and the American Victory Coalition, was unconstitutionally quashed by the City and its Council, according to the Complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

The cannabis law reform measure would protect the educational and employment opportunities of those possessing personal amounts of cannabis while better prioritizing Springfield’s law enforcement resources.  The proposed ordinance is similar to measures passed by localities such as Columbia and Saint Loui. . . . . READ MORE

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Missouri Lawmakers Hear From Supporters Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization

July 20th

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Downsizing State Government Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives held a listening tour across the state this week, and they heard from Show-Me Cannabis supporters at most stops.

The committee visited Saint Louis, Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Joplin, Springfield, Independence, Saint Joseph, Columbia, and Jefferson City.

This is the same committee that gave a very favorable hearing to a decriminalization bill at the end of this year’s legislative session. After that hearing, committee chairman Paul Curtman (R – Pacific) and vice chair Mike Kelley (R – Lamar) both told reporters that they favor the bill. Furthermore, Rep. Curtman spoke at our conference and one of our town hall meetings.

In my testimony to the committee in Saint Louis, I thanked the legislators for considering decriminalization. I also encouraged them to consider any decriminalization or legalization bills introduced next session as both would substantially reduce the size and scope of Missouri’s government.

Several other attendees at the Saint Louis meeting voiced support for reforming the state’s marijuana laws including Saint Louis City Republican Committeeman Curtis Farber and READ MORE

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Michigan Police Raid 3 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

June 28th

SPRINGFIELD, MI — Michigan police raided three medical marijuana dispensaries and the homes of the operators Wednesday as part of an investigation that began last year.

Police say the three dispensaries raided — The Karmacy, Southwest Compassion Care Center and Happy Daze — are suspected of selling marijuana illegally, claiming undercover officers were able to purchase marijuana at each dispensary.

Michigan State Police  Detective Lt. Wayne Edington said that all three dispensaries were “operating outside the scope of the medical marijuana law.”

The three dispensaries were raided simultaneously at about 10:45 am Wednesday. Police also searched the homes of the dispensary owners later in the day, and served a search warrant for offices of the City of Springfield seeking documentation about licenses issued to the three businesses and any financial records.

In the combined raids, police seized a little over five pounds of marijuana, 150 plants seven handguns, 57,000 rounds of ammunition and 21 improvised explosive devices described as “homemade fireworks.”

It was not immediately clear if the weapons and ammunition were seized from one or all three dispensaries, or the homes of the owners.

Police say they have been investigating the dispensary operations since 2012 and claim that undercover officers were able to purchase marijuana.

Bruce Leach, lawyer for The Karmacy, says the business was operating legally and . . . . . READ MORE

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Subverting Democracy in Springfield, Missouri

May 24th

What a long, strange trip it has been for cannabis law reform activists in Springfield, Missouri.

About a year ago, Springfield activists requested financial help gathering enough signatures to place a  local marijuana decriminalization measure on the November 2012 ballot.  Under the proposed measure, citizens possessing under 35 grams of marijuana would be subjected to a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor offense, thus preserving the educational and employment opportunities of those caught with personal amounts of marijuana.

Local Springfield attorney, Robert Sweere, urged the City Council to respect the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the council voted 7-2 to repeal the ordinance and demonstrate their lack of respect for their constituents and the democratic process.

Local Springfield attorney, Robert Sweere, urged the City Council to respect the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the council voted 7-2 to repeal the ordinance and demonstrate their lack of respect for their constituents and the democratic process.

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MO: Springfield City Council Considers Reducing Marijuana Penalties

May 13th

SPRINGFIELD, MO — As you probably recall, last summer we helped activists in Springfield gather signatures to put an initiative petition before the Springfield City Council that reduced penalties on possession of less than 35 grams of cannabis. The council was supposed to have two options: Either vote for the measure and make it law, or vote against it and send it to the city’s voters in November.

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Instead, the council invented a third option: Vote for the measure, simply to repeal it at their next meeting for the express purpose of keeping the voters from having their say.

It has been a long time since I have updated you about this issue, but that is not because we gave up — quite the opposite. Soon after the council repealed the ordinance, we began searching for a law firm to represent the activists in Springfield — including Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Maranda Reynolds and tireless SMCR volunteers Trish and Daryl Bertrand — whose rights the council had violated.

Since then, we have worked behind the scenes with those attorneys to either find an acceptable compromise with the Springfield City Council, or, if a compromis. . . . . READ MORE

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