Help Show-Me Cannabis and New Approach Missouri Bring Medical Marijuana to the Heartland

   

Cannabis law reforms, particularly medical marijuana measures, have had great success across the nation. We’ve had four states and our nation’s capital legalize cannabis for all adults while 23 states have legalized medicinal use. However, our success has been lagging in Middle America, our nation’s Heartland, but we can change that by legalizing medical marijuana in Missouri this November.

Missouri, the state of my birth, has a special place in my heart and is where I got my start in activism, helping legalize personal amounts of medical cannabis and decriminalizing personal use in Columbia, Missouri, all the way back in 2004. Some of the great folks that led that effort are still in Missouri making progress that includes decriminalizing small amounts in St. Louis and freeing Jeff Mizanskey from prison. They have also helped Missouri pass baby step medical legislation, but now are well on their way to passing a great medical law, but they need help.

Below is a fundraising request from Amber Langston, a longtime advocate that inspired me to get involved in the cause over 15 years ago, and one of the major reasons that marijuana law reform has made any progress in the Show-Me State. Medical marijuana has polled very well in Missouri and if Show-Me Cannabis and New Approach Missouri are successful, the victory will have positive repercussions, particularly in more conservative states that have yet to pass medical cannabis legislation. It is one thing for politicians and voters in states such as Arkansas and Louisiana to see that Oregon, California or New York have medical programs, but Missouri will really shake things up. Please consider donating to New Approach Missouri’s effort and let’s continue our momentum state-by-state.

Show Me the Money!

Dear Cannabis Community,

In November 2016, Missouri has the opportunity to become the second largest medical cannabis market in the country and to give our patient population much-needed access to their life-saving medicine. New Approach Missouri – a campaign committee which is an outgrowth of the 501(c)4 organization Show-Me Cannabis – is currently collecting the 165,000+ valid signatures needed for a robust constitutional amendment initiative petition which would allow for home cultivation and mandate dispensary licensing throughout the state.

On the plus side, the language has been written by and for the people of Missouri. On the downside, the effort doesn’t favor any particular millionaires, so there’s no one specific entity or interest to bankroll the process. We rely on everyday people to donate $35, $50, $100, $500 or $1000.

We have done a tremendous job bringing together a coalition and raising money from in-state supporters. Polling shows support at 70% on the proposed measure according to political news source Missouri Scout.

But if we don’t raise another $500k in the next few weeks, Missouri and its patients are out of luck, and probably for a couple of years.

Missouri represents the middle of the middle of the United States and is considered a political bellwether by many. Indeed, my choice to move back home to fight this fight was largely influenced by my experiences abroad when I was working on international drug policy for Students for Sensible Drug Policy. I saw firsthand how policies around the world would only change when the United States changed. So I went straight back to my roots. I left California and moved back home to the Show-Me State.

I could make a lot of money if I left Missouri to work in Colorado or Oregon or California. But I need to get this done first, and I need your help to do it.

Thank you for helping patients in Missouri and for helping patients around the world. We can only get this done together – and that means you!

In solidarity,

Amber Iris Langston
Deputy Director, Show-Me Cannabis

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.