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May 13, 2020
Re: Pending Marijuana Legislation
Dear Missouri NORML Members and Supporters,
This is the final week of the regular 2020 session of the Missouri General Assembly. At 6:00 p.m. this Friday, May 15, the session will end.
The primary marijuana-related bill which is being actively debated at this point requires the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to remove the cap on the number of commercial medical marijuana licenses issued. Presently, DHSS has limited the number of dispensaries, manufacturers and cultivators to the minimum number allowed under Article XIV, Missouri’s medical marijuana law. The legislation which is under consideration would require them to issue a commercial license to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications.
Many believe this would be in the best interest of patients because it would lead to greater competition, lower prices and more convenient access. If you agree, I urge you to contact your Missouri state Senator and your Missouri state Representative immediately!
Each of us has one state Senator and one state Representative. I urge you to both telephone and e-mail your state Senator and your state Representative and urge them to support the amendment which would remove the cap on the number of commercial medical marijuana licenses.
This amendment is currently attached to two bills, SB 600, et al. and SB 580, et al. SB 600 deals with crime measures. It contains several provisions which increase the penalties for violent crimes and reduce regulations on firearms.
SB 580 is the more appropriate vehicle for this amendment since it originally focused on health-related matters. The amendment may be attached to other bills, as well. Therefore, I suggest that you simply urge your legislators to support any bills which contain language which would remove the cap on commercial medical marijuana licenses.
There are also bills under consideration which relate to charging people with DWI’s if they merely test positive for the presence of THC. This would be a terrible idea since one may test positive for THC up to a month or more after last using marijuana. Many people, including medical marijuana patients, who are not impaired or unsafe to drive would be convicted of DWI if such a bill passes. Therefore, I suggest that you urge your legislators to vote against SB 766 or any bill which contains such language.
Another bad bill, SB 610, would make it clear that any employer may discriminate against medical marijuana patients. A positive drug test for marijuana, even for a legal medical patient, would be grounds for dismissal or refusal to hire. Article XIV does not require employers to hire medical marijuana patients, but there is no reason to pass a law specifically encouraging such discrimination.
Please take action now! Please contact your state Representative and state Senator!
Missouri NORML Coordinator