Activists look to ease pot laws in Springfield
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri marijuana advocates whose efforts to put a legal pot initiative on the November statewide ballot fell short are now pursuing a decriminalization law in Springfield.
Show-Me Cannabis organizers say they’re targeting a southwest Missouri city seen as conservative to demonstrate what they call broad support for new drug laws. In 2004, Columbia voters approved a similar law that classifies possession of 35 grams of marijuana or less as a low-level misdemeanor offense.
The pro-pot group says it plans to use a professional signature-gathering firm to help collect the 2,101 signatures required for the fall ballot in Springfield. A 2008 effort to decriminalize marijuana in Joplin fell 531 names short, and the statewide measure failed to garner the roughly 144,000 voter signatures needed before an early May deadline.
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