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The Missouri House passed a measure that would legalize the growing and production of hemp for purposes like soap and rope for the third year in a row. However, its fate is likely to be the same as before: A slow death in the Senate due to the short time left in the 2017 session and the bill’s low priority for Republicans running the chamber.

The Missouri Farm Bureau also strongly opposes House Bill 170, and sent individual letters to every member of the House before Monday night’s 126-26 vote. An excerpt from the letter says the measure does not comply with the 2014 federal farm bill:

“The Agriculture Act of 2014 allows for the production of industrial hemp, but only by state departments of agriculture, those licensed by state departments of agriculture to conduct research under an agricultural pilot program, and institutions of higher education. We do not believe the Act permits unrestricted production of industrial hemp by any individual licensed by a state department of agriculture.”

But GOP bill sponsor Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific said his bill meets the requirement of being classified as a pilot program. He stated, “The memo that they put out was written by a bunch of bitter bureaucrats at the federal level who are upset that the U.S. Congress, in a stroke of constitutional righteousness, took something and turned it all the way back over to the states for the states to promulgate their own rules.”

Industrial hemp production is legal in 31 states, including Illinois. The few House members argued that legalizing hemp would complicate drug enforcement efforts. Hemp is the same species of plant as marijuana, but lacks the psychoactive compounds. However, it can be used to make cannabis oil, which is legal in Missouri to treat certain epileptic conditions. Representative Tila Hubrecht, R-Dexter stated, “The hemp is still the cannabis plant, and there’s THC in every part of the cannabis plant. Even small amounts can cause intoxication.”

Hubrecht also claimed hemp fields can be used to hide illegal marijuana production, which fellow Republican Jay Barnes of Jefferson City balked at. He said, “Only an absolute idiot would go get a license to grow this, and then risk all of their capital and their freedom to do something, knowing they’re going to be monitored the whole time.”

But hemp’s close relation to marijuana remains an obstacle in the Senate, according to Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph who is sponsoring one of two hemp-legalization bills. He stated, “When there are senators who believe that anything that has to do with a marijuana plant is bad, and they’re reticent to change their views, they’re not going to give in. I wish that they would, but I don’t see it happening.”

Republican Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown sponsored the other Senate hemp proposal, which has received a public hearing, thanks mostly to his also chairing that chamber’s agriculture committee. However, he admits that its chances for passage are slim. He said, “It looks like everything is taking a long time on the Senate floor, and I don’t know if it’s a real priority of leadership to get it through.”

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Following the legalization of recreational marijuana in four states, there are at least eleven other states considering changing their policies this year.

1. Connecticut
Not only are lawmakers expecting to expand Connecticut’s five-year-old medical cannabis legislation, but Martin Looney, the state’s Democratic Senate President pro tem, introduced a bill recently that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

2. Missouri
The Missouri Recreational Marijuana Legalization Initiative did not make the ballot in 2016, however the state did pass medical use. Missouri’s secretary of state, Jason Kander, has endorsed a petition behind the initiative pushing to legalize recreational use.

3. New Hampshire
Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn said he would introduce recreational legislation this year, but first, a group of legislators introduced House Bill 215 on January 4, commissioning a study of the current cannabis laws in other states. Results of that research will be released on December 1, 2017.

4. New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently proposed a measure that would decriminalize cannabis, according to the Washington Times. In his 2017 legislative agenda, he wrote, “Data consistently show that recreational users of marijuana pose little to no threat to public safety.”

5. Rhode Island
For seven years, Rhode Island lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow the use of marijuana recreationally. It would impose a 23% tax.

6. South Carolina
South Carolina passed a bill in 2014 allowing cannabis oil for medical use, however lawmakers recently introduced the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize cannabis for terminally ill individuals, as well as people with “debilitating medical conditions.”

7. Tennessee
Two cities in Tennessee have already decriminalized marijuana; recently, Representative Jeremy Faison told The Marijuana Times that he wants full medical use across the state and plans to introduce a bill in the 2017 legislative session to legalize medicinal use.

8. Texas
On the first day of the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers in TX filed multiple requests to decriminalize cannabis. Instead of being thrown in jail, anyone caught with minor amounts of marijuana would be charged with a civil infraction and a $250 fine.

9. Utah
House Speaker Greg Hughes told the Deseret News that medical cannabis could be the biggest issue of the session. However, word on the street is that most legislators in Utah think it is smart to wait for the federal government to act.

10. Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe stated he wishes to legalize medical cannabis this year, and legislators in Virginia are following through. They filed a bill this month to decriminalize cannabis and only fine for possession.

11. Wisconsin
Medical cannabis is only legal for people suffering from seizures in Wisconsin, but lawmakers hope to expand the current law to make medicinal marijuana legal for all.

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A measure to legalize medical cannabis was crushed this week in the Missouri House, making it the second time in 2016 that lawmakers have rejected medical marijuana. Proponents of the bill had depicted it as a more restricted take than an initiated constitutional amendment being chased as an initiative petition for the ballot in November.
The House would need to allow doctors to recommend cannabis for those that are suffering from certain conditions such as epilepsy. The bill would have also made a licensing program for commercial cannabis cultivators and retailer, along with a system to follow the drug from its growth to its distribution. The proposal did not pass by a vote of 85-71. Back in April, the legislation also decided to turn down a similar bill.
If the legislation were to pass the bill, it would have still needed to go through the Senate to be approved by the end of this week, which is the deadline to pass bills. It would have been on the ballot in August. Some advocates had talked up the good things about medical cannabis while other said that lawmakers should be the ones that decide how medical marijuana is used rather than citizens.
“We are not in this to create tax revenue. We are not in this to let people get high. We are in this to help really, really sick people,” Rep. Jack Bondon, a Republican, who backed the bill, said.
However, Rep. Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, stated that cannabis does not have the assurance that true medicine does, such as heavy research.
“You could let the out-of-state interests come in, put this on the ballot and do it their way. Or we could do it our way — cautiously, slowly, conservatively — so that we can fix it next year if we run into any hiccups,” Rep. Mike Colona, a St. Louis Democrat, added.

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Another name was added to the list of Republican presidential candidates against legal marijuana after Ohio Governor John Kasich called it a terrible idea. Governor Kasich joined a group of unlikely candidates who are desperately trying to stay in the running.

These remarks come only a few weeks after Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire overwhelmingly supported the belief that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference. More than 60% of GOP voters in Iowa and New Hampshire said that states should be able to set their own marijuana laws.

The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling after GOP candidates, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio stepped up their anti-marijuana rhetoric in recent weeks.

Terrible idea to join this group

Governor Kasich joined a group of unlikely and laughable presidential candidates. Over the weekend, Governor Christie said that he wants the founder of FedEx to come and work for the government to show United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) how to set up a system for tracking people…it would be funny if he was not serious.

Governor Kasich said, “It sends mixes messages to young people about drugs. I don’t think we should do that. We need to tell young people to stay off drugs.”

Marijuana is on the 2016 ballot in a number of swing states

Marijuana legality remains a potent issue in key electoral states, which guarantees that the candidates will be drawn into the debate. The presence of a marijuana initiative on any state ballot will also result in a significant increase in voter turnout.

At least 20 ballot initiative efforts in eight states are already gathering attention in their push for legal medical and/or recreational marijuana. The states that are working to place a marijuana initiative on the ballot include Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Nevada. These states account for 171 electoral votes!

Authored By: Michael Berger
Michael Berger is the president and founder of Technical420, an independent research firm focused specifically on the cannabis sector. He was working for the equity research department at Raymond James Financial Inc., when he recognized a need for a service that provides up-to-date research and analysis on companies that operate in the cannabis industry. Mr. Berger studied finance and economics at Florida State University and is working toward achieving his CFA charter.

Sincerely,

Michael Berger

Founder/President 

Technical 420 LLC

C: 305-458-9982

E: michael.berger@technical420.com

W:  www.technical420.com

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Another name was added to the list of Republican presidential candidates against legal marijuana after Ohio Governor John Kasich called it a terrible idea. Governor Kasich joined a group of unlikely candidates who are desperately trying to stay in the running.

These remarks come only a few weeks after Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire overwhelmingly supported the belief that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference. More than 60% of GOP voters in Iowa and New Hampshire said that states should be able to set their own marijuana laws.

The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling after GOP candidates, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio stepped up their anti-marijuana rhetoric in recent weeks.

Terrible idea to join this group

Governor Kasich joined a group of unlikely and laughable presidential candidates. Over the weekend, Governor Christie said that he wants the founder of FedEx to come and work for the government to show United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) how to set up a system for tracking people…it would be funny if he was not serious.

Governor Kasich said, “It sends mixes messages to young people about drugs. I don’t think we should do that. We need to tell young people to stay off drugs.”

Marijuana is on the 2016 ballot in a number of swing states

Marijuana legality remains a potent issue in key electoral states, which guarantees that the candidates will be drawn into the debate. The presence of a marijuana initiative on any state ballot will also result in a significant increase in voter turnout.

At least 20 ballot initiative efforts in eight states are already gathering attention in their push for legal medical and/or recreational marijuana. The states that are working to place a marijuana initiative on the ballot include Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Nevada. These states account for 171 electoral votes!

Authored by: Michael Berger

Michael Berger is the president and founder of Technical420, an independent research firm focused specifically on the cannabis sector. He was working for the equity research department at Raymond James Financial Inc., when he recognized a need for a service that provides up-to-date research and analysis on companies that operate in the cannabis industry. Mr. Berger studied finance and economics at Florida State University and is working toward achieving his CFA charter.

Sincerely,

Michael Berger

Founder/President 

Technical 420 LLC

C: 305-458-9982

E: michael.berger@technical420.com

W:  www.technical420.com

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