Many people don't know just how hard people are working in Missouri to legalize marijuana. The Show-Me Cannabis campaign team has been working long hours since 2012 to try to educate the public on the dangers of marijuana prohibition, and the benefits of a taxed and regulated system. It's far from a sure thing, but I personally think that Missouri has a chance of legalizing marijuana in 2016. Whether it happens or not, only time will tell. However, it won't be fore lack of effort. Per KansasCity.Com:
"For years, this movement was playing defense, just trying to keep the laws from getting worse," said John Payne, executive director of pro-legalization group Show-Me Cannabis. "This was the first legislative session where we actually passed laws that we favored."
"We plan to place this question before voters in 2016," said Dan Viets, an attorney and chairman of Show-Me Cannabis. "It's illegal to drive stoned, and that won't change. We're not going to let kids buy marijuana or allow consumption in public places. We believe it should be regulated the same as alcohol," including the same age minimum to make purchases.
Missouri will join many other states by pursuing a legalization effort in 2016. With the 2014 Election Day right around the corner, I'm hopeful that Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. will join Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana. That will build momentum for states like Missouri. In the not too distant future, marijuana legalization could become a reality in the Show-Me state.