After Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law the Missouri Medicinal Marijuana Bill, two non-profit organizations began producing hemp oil. However, a local state representative does not agree with the legalization of medicinal marijuana.
“I am adamantly opposed to any kind of recreational legalization of marijuana of course, but my concern with medicinal marijuana is that is just a gateway to more prolific drug use,” District One State Representative Allen Andrews said. “More drugs are the last thing our citizens of this region need.”
While Andrews is against the legalization, Show-Me Cannabis has been campaigning across the state in support of it.
The campaign launched a month-long run of 300 ads on a radio station in the Saint Louis area. The April 2013 campaign was deemed successful as 3,000 individuals subscribed to Show-Me Cannabis’ mobile campaign.
In an article from earlier this year, Show-Me Cannabis’ executive director John Payne said the legalization of medicinal marijuana is a step in the right direction.
“Maybe this will start to change people’s negative perspectives about cannabis, and help them see that maybe it is not a bad thing, and that it does have positive medical applications and industrial applications,” Payne said.
After Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington D.C. all legalized marijuana, nine states have pending legislation for legalizing the product. Andrews disagrees with the legalization, but does agree that it is tricky .
“It is a tough situation, because I realize and I want to sympathize with people who have ailments that supposedly say that marijuana is able to help,” Andrews said. “If you take Colorado for instance, they had medicinal marijuana long before they legalized it for recreation and the governor has actually said it has been a debacle.”
So far in 2015, legislation has failed to legalize medicinal marijuana in nine states: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah and West Virginia.
With the country divided over the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana, many people, including Payne, look to 2016 to be a groundbreaking year for marijuana.
“There are a lot of different proposals in the state legislatures and one is to expand the law to disorders outside of epilepsy, and expand from two cultivations centers to ten. There are also proposals to legalize pretty much full plant medical cannabis,” Payne said. “We …Read More