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Monday, September 24, 2012

Springfield Marijuana Decriminalization Law Faces Gutting and Repeal

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The hazy dream of pot decriminalization in Springfield may be fading away. - SHOW-ME CANNABIS
  • Show-Me Cannabis
  • The hazy dream of pot decriminalization in Springfield may be fading away.

After surprising some with their approval of the marijuana decriminalization law put forward by Show-Me Cannabis, the Springfield City Council is poised to neuter the bill or even put the poor thing down entirely.

It appears that some on the council voted "yes" on Ordinance 6011 in order to have the power to tinker with the language of the law or to kill it altogether. That opportunity comes today at the council's evening meeting.

If that happens, it's kind of a giant middle finger to the Show-Me Cannabis volunteers who've been toiling since June to gather the 2,101 signatures needed to get it on the ballot. That said, the pro-pot posse does have a plan of action.

The law says smokers caught with 35 grams of herb or less would be ticketed instead of arrested, and if found guilty pay a maximum fine of $150. The law's effects would be monitored by a citizen's oversight committee and any offender who keeps his nose clean for two years afterward would be eligible to have the incident expunged from his record. Read the bill's exact language here.

Getting the measure in front of voters was always Show-Me Cannabis's goal. Back when Daily RFT first spoke to their Western Missouri campaign director, she said the council would have the opportunity to pass it first, but was highly skeptical of the idea that it would ever happen. Between the time when the measure was first introduced to the council to the night they voted on it, there was virtually no opposition from the public.

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