Activists Moving Missouri Medical Cannabis Initiative Forward

Signature workers were well organized at the New Approach Missouri Kickoff event.
New Approach Missouri's (NAM) medical marijuana initiative is gaining momentum. Following a series of sequential kickoff events across the Show-Me State during the last week of January 2017 and into February, NAM organizers successfully established a statewide network of trained activist volunteers to gather signatures for the 2018 medical cannabis initiative. NAM campaign manager John Payne indicated in a memorandum to volunteers on Jan. 27 that there were already “around 200 volunteers in t...

New Approach Missouri Announces Campaign Kickoff

New Approach Missouri Medical Cannabis Initiative 2018
Missouri cannabis activists are rallying support for the new 2018 medical marijuana initiative. A statewide signature gathering campaign is now in full swing following kickoff events across the state. Medical Cannabis Initiative 2018-51 was approved by the outgoing Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on December 30, 2016. New Approach Missouri immediately put the wheels in motion to start printing thousands of petitions needed for distribution to volunteers across the state. A simulta...

Missouri’s New Cannabis Possession Law Now In Effect

Missouri's new cannabis possession law/
Two years ago in 2014 the Missouri legislature managed to pass SB 491 a revised uniform criminal code law. Attorneys, judges, legislators and advocacy groups worked eight years to develop the measure. Governor Nixon let the bill become law without his signature citing several “drafting” errors, but on January 1, 2017 all updated provisions will be enacted. Missouri cannabis activists and members of the Show-Me State’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are pleas...

NORML KC Cannabis Decriminalization Initiative Submitted

Jamie Kacz at the city hall.
The NORML KC chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has succeeded in gathering more than the required number of registered voter signatures to submit a Kansas City cannabis decriminalization initiative for ballot consideration. Standing in front of the City Hall on Monday, November 14, 2016, Jamie Kacz, Executive Director of the chapter proclaimed, “we are getting ready to hand in over 4,200 signatures to decriminalize cannabis in Kansas City.” The re...

Missouri NORML Chapters Launch NORML’s Project 4-22 for Vets

Project 22 launched to help Vets with PTSD
On Veterans Day 2016 the Greater Saint Louis NORML, Springfield NORML, Kansas City NORML, Missouri University NORML and Mid-MO NORML chapters launched ‘’NORML's Project 4-22’’ to educate veterans and citizens of Missouri and beyond on what medical cannabis is, and isn’t. The campaign is called ‘‘NORML's Project 4-22’’, for the 22 reported veterans that commit suicide every single day. The actual number by all accounts is much higher, but things such as overdoses aren’t included in these numbe...

Medical Marijuana Initiative May Come Back In 2018

Medical Marijuana Initiative in 2018
The Cole County circuit court entered a judgment against New Approach Missouri (NAM) in their lawsuit to reinstate 2,242 invalidated signatures from the second congressional district. The ruling on September 21, 2016 effectively ended Missouri's 2016 campaign to legalize medical marijuana. No medical cannabis initiative will appear on the November 2016 ballot in Missouri. “This outcome is heartbreaking,” said John Payne, Campaign Manager for New Approach Missouri, “and it's particularly fr...

Kansas City Cannabis Reform Advocates Launch Ballot Initiative

NORML KC Cannabis Initiative
NORML KC, the local Kansas City, MO chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is collecting signatures for a decriminalization initiative. Under the proposal, if someone is caught with less than 35 grams of marijuana, they would get a city ordinance violation with a maximum $25 fine. There would be no records and no arrests made. Current Missouri penalties for the same amount of marijuana include possible incarceration and fines up to $1000. Jamie Kacz i...