Marijuana Could be a Popular Topic in Jefferson City This Year


Marijuana is now legal in Missouri for medical use and where, if state reps Barbara Anne Washington and Ron Hicks are right, it’ll be legal for recreational use sooner than you might think.  

“I think that both sides of the state of Missouri have spoken that they want to move forward with marijuana,” Washington told reporters on Monday, January 7. 

“If we can regulate it the same way they regulate alcohol then I can totally see it happening,” Hicks said. 

Washington and Hicks are both sponsoring bills this year that would remove marijuana possession convictions from someone’s criminal record.  

Hicks’ bill would lift those convictions for those now qualifying for medical marijuana prescriptions.  

“Why would we not. We want to help the sick,” he said. “This is another way to help somebody. You’re doing something that’s legal now that’s for your health care but you’ve been in trouble in the past for treating yourself, for a medical condition, but now you have a record due to it but now it’s legal.  

Washington’s would lift them for those who were only in possession of 35 grams or less.  

“You can’t get financial aid for college if you have any drug conviction, including marijuana possession,” she says. “You are not allowed to get housing vouchers.” 

The two bills are among the less-radical proposed this year in Jefferson City.  

One proposition, House Bill 157, would allow adults 21 and up to possess sell and transport marijuana in quantities less than 2 ounces. It would also allow adults to grow up to six pot plants.  

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