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Missouri introduces medical marijuana bill | The NORML Stash Blog

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24 responses to “Missouri introduces medical marijuana bill”

  1. In The Know

    Search warrant uncovers marijuana growing operation
    Comments 0
    January 21, 2011 4:39 PM
    Democrat staff

    Two people were arrested Thursday after Sedalia police discovered a marijuana growing operation during the execution of a search warrant at a home on Rainbow Drive.

    Members of the Sedalia Police Department’s STING Unit, detectives and patrol officers served the warrant at 135 Rainbow Drive at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday, according to a report from Sedalia police.

    Brian J. George, 53, and Steven P. George, 50 — who were at the home when police executed the warrant — were both arrested pending charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

    During the search, investigators found about 30 marijuana plants in all stages of growth in an upstairs bedroom of the home, which also contained grow lights, an irrigation system and other items used during the cultivation process.

    In another bedroom, police discovered a large bag of marijuana, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, according to the report. Another 12 marijuana plants were found in the basement.

    Police also found more marijuana and drug paraphernalia throughout the residence. The total weight of the marijuana seized in the operation was about 4 pounds, according to the police report.

  2. PromotaOfProp215

    There are so many reasons why I support medical mj/ legalization. Our nation is struggling economically, we need jobs out here!!!! Look at states like CA and CO right now, thriving with medical pot revenue. So many benefits come marijuana…safe alternative medically for certain types of pain/nausea medications (many different medications with various uses, actually.) My father suffers everyday with chronic pain. He is on a daily dose of morphine. When he has been admitted to the hospital since he has been using morphine, and then temporarily goes off of it, I see the withdrawl symtoms, its terrible to watch. I hate pills, and alcohol. Too many bad things come from using them, and most precription drugs do more bad than good. You should see the ongoing lists of hidden side effects some of them carry, sometimes, its fatal. Marijuana has a few side effects…tiredness and boost in appetite. Nothing threatening. I cannot believe how long ago some other states approved medical- CA in 1996, some in 1998 and 2000. Over a decade ago. Why can’t we all be on the same page with this??? So many people could benefit, people like my father. I wwould love nothing more to see him taken off drugs that cause him to shake and sweat from withdrawl when hes off of them. A plant so beautiful bearing seeds was meant for us to enjoy, seek relief naturally. Truly mother natures gift of medicine, in so many ways. Please get medical mj to Missouri!! Thank you kindly for reading!

  3. brian george

    i am a disabled veteran on social security, diagnosed with ptsd. i am unable to earn a liveing at my profession anymore, and have been hospitalised recently for attempting suicide. i was takeing the drug symbalta for deppresion and anxiety, with disaserous results. upon discharge from the phychiatric ward, my spendown went to $1012.00/ month. My average maintanance care was over 2/3 of my income. I have lost 50 lbs in the last two months because i can’t afford to eat, let alone feed the medical system by utilising medication that is frought with side effects that make life not worth liveing. several days ago the sting unit served a search warrant obtained on hearsay (not meeting the burden of proof nessasarry) they found ten plants, and arrested me. 24 hrs later i was turned loose, with the expectation that i would sacrifice some one else to save my own ass. i have gotten high before with the arresting officer. i am now in mexico, where i will be until i die. death is a better option than being in the custody of the state of missouri, and haveing to live in the same conditions as the animal shelter provides for treating my illness with the only substance that provide any relief. the officers missed the pills in the medicine cabinet, which are three times what i almost died from. at this point the question is, can i go on any longer with so many assholes being in charge of my happiness?

  4. Fran Beetler

    I think that we need all the help we can get. I have a few months left to live. I have lymphona and could use a toke for the pain. I don’t understand why I don’t have the right to do everything I can to try to die without pain. I have also found that it helps with my wanting to eat. I have lost several pounds because of this cancer, I have little to no desire to eat. I really could use the help that medical marijuana could provide. I hope that all the goverment gets cancer so maybe they would change their minds. It’s always different when the shoe is on the other foot. Please wake up a support the movement to leagalize medical marijuana. I will die before any changes can take place, but I dont want others to suffer as much as I have had to.

  5. joseph

    i gotta smoke weed because i have cerebel pasley because if i dont my body hurts bad i stop 4 a lil my body hurt so bad i cudnt move i will i cud get med…. marijuana in missouri

  6. David

    Hi Sherry,
    Is there anyway I can contact you via your. Email or whatever? You see I too suffer from chronic pain as well and am tired of all the bullshit from doctors etc. to obtain necessary meds and so fohth and have been interested in medical marijuana but I know nothing of the laws and such. In short if I could chat with you in a more personal manner I will.tell you more about myself and my issues etc. Don’t worry I am looking for someone I can relate to with similar issues. I am a 50 year old male and married. Please contact me if you feel OK to do so. Thanks, David. Email @ 2cycle78@gmail.com

  7. Leonard Hester

    I would like to see this pass for several reasons. The main reason is that the government (in my opinion) is wasting valuable time and resourses by criminilizing plants. I believe legislation opposed to decriminalizing medical marajuana, is an oppisition of convenience, therefore using easy lesislation in order to sidestep harder, more usefull legislation, to hoodwink “valuable constituants” into believing the propaganda that legislators are busy trying to fullfill our needs. I wonder how much time is spent on personal business compared to public service?
    I wish the legislators could experience a week in one of our shoes, just dealing with the pain we suffer due to the action of the legislators. I believe that the “Good Ole Boy” polititions have control, and new legislators should concentrate on passing good laws, and changing bad laws, The longer one stays in control the more allies they attract. The Good Ole Boys are aging fast, and with luck will leave.
    I believe most folks look at an election as a event such as a football game and vote accordingly, only the desire for the team of choice to win. I believe that a good legislator would want to advance in politics, not by criminalizing plants, but by making education more intresting, in order to attract the best students, and allow them to be educated without bias at a reasonable cost. A colledge education is simular to purchasing a very nice,and expensive home.
    I say stop taking lives, inprisoning, or killing people over a simple plant, and use the money to educate the top 20 percent of students free of charge. This is my opinion, and I have too many to carry on.

    Good luck to everyone who suffers today. I wish I could do more.
    Leonard Hester

  8. Jeanette

    I would move to a state that has approved medicinal marijuana if I could afford it. I have degenerative disc disease, scholiosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and spinal stenosis. I would so much love to see this
    bill passed but am not holding my breath. I take oxycontin, darvocets, somas, gabapentin, and prozac.
    And yes I was denied my disability. So I can’t work. I remarried my ex husband for the insurance,. If a little bud helps then why not?

  9. Sherry

    Sorry I just saw your post.

    Ill write more later..

    BB
    Sherry

  10. Mary

    Well, our “Most Powerful Man In Missouri”, Ron Richard, shot this bill down. He was supposed to assign a committee for this bill and did not do so. Go to this website, it gives you ways to contact him. Please do so, we need to show him that the bill WOULD pass! http://sparkreport.net/2009/05/missouri-medical-marijuana-bill-hb277-killed-by-house-speaker/

    Let us hope that enough of us can change this.
    :silvermj:

  11. Chingo Cochise

    I used to smoke weed years ago when I was younger but now that I am 52 I smoke it every evening at 10:00 PM. Why? I have stage-4 lung and brain cancer. I am using a medication called “Dexamethasone” and if anyone is familiar with that medication it takes away your desire to eat. I only take 4 puffs at 10:00 because I figure our friend right next door are asleep and I do not wish to disturb them.

  12. Jeremy

    Sherry when I read your comments about your conditions, I felt like you were writing about me!

    I too suffer from fibromyalgia as well as myofascial pain syndrome. I turned 30 years old this year and have been suffering for approximately 5 years, though I am beginning to suspect that it goes back many years further than that, on into childhood. My muscles are in a constant state of spasm.

    My TMJ pain has gotten so bad that most days I can barely open my mouth and am stuck eating processed foods out of a can, as they are the softest foods I can find.

    I too have no insurance and have fought with social security for years now, not to mention the doctors. I have tried to see a specialist since I began to understand what was going on, but none will see me. I get told, you have FMS, there is nothing to be done, live with it!

    I have had more relief from marijuana then all the narcotics, pain killers, anti-depressants, muscle relaxers and so on, all put together.

    When people are in soo much pain that they are willing to break laws and risk punishments, what then?

    We have to make them listen! Something has to happen!

  13. Wanda

    It is natures remedy for disease, and we all know dis- ease causes disease…even animals use it for their pain..sure would save alot of money on the healthcare system..also I think the health care system blocks it because it may put some of them out of business..I have chronic fibromyalgia and the is no other drug street or perscription besides marijuana that makes my day livable. Pleeese help us!

  14. Sherry

    Well it did go to a committee but it went on the last day of session. They wont be reviewing the bill from what has been suggested. I’m not quite sure what happens now for us.

    When I get more information I will post it here. but until then keep on sending emails to your representatives or if you prefer to call then pick up your phone and tell them what you think. Remember WE vote these people in and we can vote for the other guy next time around. I will be hosting a Cannabis Rally in the Southern Missouri. We will also be going over Patients Bills of Rights so people will know what the doctors guidelines are suppose to be and what to watch out for if they are being violated. Remember you pay them for their services.

  15. Laney

    Yes, it looks like it went to committee. Does anyone know how long they typically take to review a bill? It would be great for MO to pass this sooner rather than later.

  16. Sherry

    just looked at the bill site and look. Something has happend.

    http://house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills091/action/aHB277.htm

  17. Sherry

    Well it seems RON RICHARDS blocked this from getting into this session. He flat out lied when he said he was going to put it on then he turns around and tells registerd voters that their are no votes for this. Funny, when I am corresponding with some they say they are for it.. What is the matter with people.

    I smoked 1/2 half of a cannabis joint and felt immediate relief from at least 1/2 of my pain. Within the next 15 min 80% of the pain was GONE. I have to take 2400mg of Gabapenten, 200mg tramadol (and that is cut back) and 10mg at a time of Flexiril and Zanaflex 8mg at bedtime. this is not enough to help with my pain. MY doctors are letting me lie in pain and are not doing anything. Matter of fact when I bitch about hurting they take meds from me. Now I have been refused treatment and am seeking legal council as a result. These doctors are driving me out of my mind cause my pain level is so high. They want problems well their refusal to help me has turned me into an activist and Im going to shake things up.

  18. gary swearingen

    is this true have they voted. I have been waiting forever for something like this I’ve been on SSI my whole life. Now that am I’m 31 the meds arnt working any more, they are addictive and cause numberus problems of their own. opiutes suck after twenty years and a little smoke helps more than any thing. I have hundreds of tumors thoughout my body and was told at five that I would not see past eighteen they where wrong. Please let this pass, so I will no longer be a criminal, but a patient. It is the only thing that really works doctors have turned me into a drug addict and I dont like it much. Marijuana works much better for the type of pain I encounter and take it from me I have had 22 surgerys in my lifetime and still many more to come I have the right not to suffer in the freest country on earth

  19. Sherry

    I suffer from Fibromyagia, Chronic Pain, Lymph Edema and I’m only 37 years old. I am unable to get any kind of real pain relief as my doctors tell me I am too young for any kind of Narcotic Pain medicines. I’m soo sick of hearing I’m sorry but there is nothing I can do.

    WTF am I suppose to do at midnight when I am hurting so bad I just want to die, what about 3 am when my muscles go into a hard spasm.

    Something just has to give!!!

    I hurt 80% of the time, I am in tears most mornings. I pretty much lost my job cause I couldn’t make it to work as I was sick constantly. I had to resign or be fired.

    I’m fighting with the Social Security people, have no insurance, getting low on some of my meds that don’t really seem to work anyway.. What the heck if this medical marijuana can help I’m all for it.

    Sherry

  20. Niko Bryant

    Did you know that in Los Angeles, the tax revenue collected from medical marijuana sales exceeded over 400 million dollars last year alone and is expected to double in 08. Also the medical benefits including the latest from Europe to include the benefits of Medical marijuana in Alzheimer’s patients. It’s time to wake up and smell not the coffee, but the buds. UPDATE: I have the medical marijuana tax results for 2008 in Los Angeles. 1.2 Billion Dollars was collected by the Los Angeles IRS for medical marijuana sales and use tax.

  21. Derrick Jordan

    I’m glad to see it come to Missouri!!! I suffer from cronic pancreatitis which causes me great pain, discomfort and nausia. I can’t afford the “traditional” treatments that the FDA(puppets for the pharmaceutical companies)recommends because it’s too fucking expensive plus I can’t afford insurance(which I might add is another corporate scam). Everyone in need of pain relief should have the right to grow their own medicine and not go through the bullshit red tape and corporate hoop-lah system that has been clearly designed with the profit margins of drug companies in mind and not the well-being of the people.

  22. Shinigami Gardener

    I hope there is something that can be done here in Missouri, if you happen to be on medicaid here there is nothing that can be done for chronic pain. I know from experience you have a slim to none chance on getting any pain meds. Medicaid seems to consider pain a livable factor.

  23. Kelly Maddy

    We are sending out LTE’s this week…look for them starting to hit the papers.

    Call your state rep today! If they don’t hear from you, you might as well be invisible!

  24. RevRayGreen

    Please bring it brothers and sisters south of me.

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