Marijuana decriminalization hasn't fared well in Missouri and it's likely that federal efforts will come long before flyover country prohibition fades.
Nevertheless . . . What's interesting here is that stoners are getting the support of longtime civil rights organizations.
Check a recent quote for weed equity . . .
“Missouri shouldn’t legalize marijuana without automatically expunging thousands of criminal records for marijuana offenses that will soon be legal,” John Bowman, president of the St. Louis County NAACP, said. “We enthusiastically support this ballot initiative, which will be the single largest criminal justice reform undertaken in Missouri and long overdue.”
The petition would allow all Missourians over the age of 21 to purchase, possess, cultivate, and use marijuana recreationally. A 6 percent sales tax would be collected and would fund automatic expungements, with the remainder split between health care for veterans, the state’s public defender system, and drug addiction treatment. Local governments would also be able to assess their own sales tax up to 3 percent.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Legal Missouri 2022, a statewide coalition, filed a ballot initiative with the state last week seeking to legalize recreational marijuana use while expunging criminal records for those with low-level marijuana offenses. Marijuana possession accounted for nearly half of all drug-related arrests between 2010-2018 with almost 21,000 arrests reported in 2018 alone, according to the coalition.