Missouri Weed Legalization Proposal Includes No Age Restrictions, Immunity … – Riverfront Times (blog)
Even in states where marijuana is recreationally legal, it’s no free-for-all.
Age restrictions, public-intoxication laws, high taxes — the rules for legal recreational pot use in Colorado, Washington (and soon, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C.) resemble rules aimed at legal intoxicants, such as nicotine or alcohol.
But team behind the newest proposal to legalize marijuana in Missouri wants to change all that.
Author and cannabis activist Mark Pedersen doesn’t think marijuana needs the same strict rules as alcohol or cigarettes. A better comparison, Pedersen tells Daily RFT, is to food, and he calls cannabis a “superfood.”
“I believe that cannabis needs to be as legal as corn or wheat,” Pedersen says. “We don’t want to discourage use of cannabis because it is less toxic than baby aspirin. It would be like putting an age limit on corn.”
See also: Why 2016 Could Be the Year Missouri Legalizes Marijuana
Last week, Pedersen and the team from KC Norml, Kansas City’s marijuana-law-reform group, submitted a petition to put legalized weed on the 2016 general election ballot. The ballot initiative is strikingly less restrictive than laws in Washington and Colorado, where weed is currently legal, and from the ballot initiative filed by Show-Me Cannabis in November.
See also: Show-Me Cannabis Files Petition to Put Legal Weed on November 2016 Ballot
Pedersen’s proposal, Petition 2016-008, starts by removing marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of Schedule I controlled substances, the list of drugs with the highest potential for abuse. It also says anyone incarcerated or on parole for marijuana-only convictions would be released.
The ballot proposal also prohibits law enforcement from charging a driver with a DUI if he or she tests positive for only marijuana.
“Cannabinoid metabolites remain in a person’s system for days, even weeks after consumption” and after the buzz ends, Pedersen …