Recreational marijuana might come to Missouri, but it is definitely not going to be easy to access unless the laws regulating the use of the ‘herb’ are changed. At present, the age restrictions and other public intoxication laws that are used to govern the use of medical or recreational marijuana resemble DUI laws and the other legal rules that are used to regulate the public use of leally accepted intoxicants like nicotine and alcohol.
But if the latest proposal to change the way legal marijuana is accessed in Missouri is passed, all of those rules may be set to change soon.
Take away the limits, say activists
Cannabis activist Mark Pederson is behind a proposal that suggests taking away the age restrictions and governing laws on marijuana use. Last week, Pederson and a team from the Kansas City based legal marijuana reform group KC Norml, submitted a petition which aims to put legalized weed and the terms of its use as a major issue on the 2016 elections. Similar initiatives have been taken in Washington and Colorado, but the one filed in Missouri is way more liberal than these say Kansas City DUI attorneys.
The proposal says that marijuana should first and foremost be removed from the list of Schedule I substances from the DEA’s list of controlled substances. Second, it calls for no legal action for those who have marijuana-only convictions against their name. So basically anyone who is in prison or on parole for marijuana only crimes can expect to be a free man again if this petition is taken seriously. This will save tax payers’ money and is just logical.
No more DUI charges
According to Kansas City DUI attorneys, the ballot proposition also asks the government to go easy on the DUI charges that are usually leveled at drivers who test positive for marijuana. Pederson and his other fellow activists say that since cannabis residues can stay in a user’s blood for weeks after consumption, a blood test for cannabis is not an accurate test of whether or not an individual can operate a motor vehicle.
Free access to all
Another issue up for discussion in the petition is the age limit for accessing marijuana. Currently in Colorado and Washington, the age limit for marijuana use is 21. But the ballot initiative filed by Pederson purposely does not specify any age limits for smoking weed. And if this particular Missouri man had his way, he would also do away with the taxes that the government has levied on medical marijuana. He would make it completely tax free and easy to use.
There are many people who believe that when you buy some gas for your car so you have enough gas to get to work so you can make money to support your family―there is not any sales tax tied to each gallon of gas.
According to Pedersen, the tax laws for legal marijuana only help channel the money into the higher echelons of society. He says that in his field of work he has seen how helpful cannabis oil can be for small kids suffering from seizures, and by making the oil and other cannabis products tax-free the government would be doing these kids and their families a huge favor. The ballot initiative would need 16,000 signatures to be up for discussion in the 2016 election.