Showing posts with label legal marijuana missouri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label legal marijuana missouri. Show all posts

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Marijuana Legal in Kansas City Rumors Continue

That's OK, Kansas City, we know that we are usually in the back of the pack when it comes to making changes or modernizing our city in any way. Rumors have surfaced once again that marijuana could become legal in Kansas City pending a few small hurdles. The latest rumor is that the state of Missouri is trying to legalize marijuana for those who are 21 and over. This would mean that it would be legal for legal citizens of Missouri to possess and use marijuana. It would obviously still be illegal for anyone to drive while under the influence of marijuana, but we're not sure on what the law would be pertaining to having marijuana on your person while driving, but not under the influence. It would be legal for anyone 21 and over for possess, purchase and use marijuana with basically the same applicable laws as alcohol.

This is NOT the same law as the "medical marijuana" law that has passed in other states, although Missouri is considering that law as well. For now, the state of Missouri is only focusing on making marijuana legal and like alcohol, only available for sale to those 21 and over. We're not sure where they would sell the marijuana, but it would no doubt be government controlled and operated in order for the state to make the most tax profits from the sale of the marijuana. Private merchants will probably be able to sell marijuana if they purchase a license to sell marijuana, which will no doubt be VERY expensive and probably require a thorough background check, etc. The state of Missouri isn't just going to hand out licenses to grow and sell pot without making you pay through the nose for a permit / license. As far as personally growing your own marijuana, you would probably have to have a permit for that as well, otherwise it would still be illegal.

It looks like we're getting close to legalizing marijuana across the board, but the government has to make sure that they have their hands in it and can make as much money as they can from the cultivation and sales through taxation. As we stand right now, Missouri has to obtain 140,000 signatures to propose the legalization of marijuana in Missouri, then the issue would be put to a vote. It is hard to say how Missouri would vote on the legalization of marijuana - remember that a lot of Missouri is still mostly hillbillies who are devout religious freaks and may raise a stink about it.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Medical Marijuana & Kansas City - Legal Explanation

Medical Marijuana to be Legal in Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri?
by Kansas City News

First of all, I don't think that everyone understands exactly what legal medical marijuana means for states like California, whose popular medical marijuana districts like Los Ganjales are making headlines and documentary studies alike.  What most people don't understand about the medical marijuana law is this:

If the STATE passes the law that it is legal to purchase, grow and use marijuana, then residents can obtain a prescription from a "doctor" and purchase medical marijuana at a "dispensary" and it is legal under the STATE law.  Now, it is still illegal, regardless of your state's law to grow, purchase or use marijuana under FEDERAL law.  So, let's say you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you purchase some marijuana with your prescription and are driving in your car with it.  If a STATE law officer pulls you over and finds the marijuana and you have a prescription you are fine.  However, if a DEA officer pulls you over or raids your home, it doesn't matter whether it is legal in your state, if you have a prescription or what, you are going to jail.  It is still against FEDERAL law to purchase, grow or possess marijuana, regardless of what your state law says.

This is why, in California, several marijuana "dispensaries" get raided every once in awhile by Federal DEA agents.  They confiscate all of the company's computers, products and money - at will.  They can come in any time they want, without a warrant, and take everything.  They can also arrest anyone they want, whenever they want for growing or possessing marijuana, regardless of state law.

So, even if Kansas or Missouri makes medical marijuana legal, you will still be looking over your shoulder for the DEA on the Federal level, and I can't imagine that court date going very well for you.  Basically, they are saying that it's legal, and yet it's not really legal at the same time.

On the last bill proposed by Gail Finney (D) in Kansas to legalize medical marijuana, which read "An Act enacting the medical marijuana act; providing for the legal use of marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions; providing for the registration and functions of compassion centers; authorizing the issuance of identification cards; providing for administration of the act by the department of health and environment." failed on May 28th, 2010.

On the last bill proposed by Missouri which read "Changes the laws regarding the classification of marijuana as a controlled substance and allows the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes under certain conditions." the bill "died" when legislature adjourned without voting on the bill at all on May 30th, 2010.

I. Fifteen states and DC have enacted laws that legalize medical marijuana:
State Year Passed How Passed
(Yes Vote)
Fee Possession Limit Accepts other states' registry ID cards?
Ballot Measure 8 (58%)
1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
2010 Proposition 203 (50.13%) unknown2 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants3 Yes4
Proposition 215 (56%)
8 oz usable; 18 plants (6 mature, 12 immature)5
Ballot Amendment 20 (54%)
2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
5. DC
2010 Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote) * 2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined unknown
Senate Bill 862 (32-18 House; 13-12 Senate)
3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
Ballot Question 2 (61%) $100/$75
2.5 oz usable; 6 plants
8. Michigan 2008 Proposal 1 (63%) $100/$25 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants Yes
Initiative 148 (62%)
1 oz usable; 6 plants
10. Nevada
Ballot Question 9 (65%)
$150 +
1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
Senate Bill 119 (48-14 House; 25-13 Senate)
2 oz usable
12. New Mexico 2007 Senate Bill 523 (36-31 House; 32-3 Senate) $0
6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
13. Oregon
Ballot Measure 67 (55%)
24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 House; 33-1 Senate)
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59)
2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
Initiative 692 (59%)
24 oz usable; 15 plants
[Editor's note: 12 of the 15 states require proof of residency to be considered a qualifying patient for medical marijuana use. Only Oregon and Montana have announced that they will accept out-of-state applications. It is unclear if non-residents will be able to apply to be qualifying registered patients in Arizona until the rules are determined by ADHS. Karen O'Keefe, JD, Director of State Policies for Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), told in a Nov. 2, 2010 email that "Patients and their caregivers can cultivate in 13 of the 15 states. Home cultivation is not allowed in New Jersey or the District of Columbia and a special license is required in New Mexico. In Arizona, patients can only cultivate if they live 25 miles or more from a dispensary."]


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