Keep Columbia Free is proud to endorse Show-Me Cannabis Regulation.
From the Show-Me Cannabis Regulation website:
Show-Me Cannabis Regulation is an association of organizations and individuals who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does.
Show-Me Cannabis Regulation seeks to engage Missourians in a serious, public discussion about the issues associated with the cannabis consumption, including medical cannabis, industrial hemp, public safety and economic cost/benefit analysis in order to address problems associated with the current, failed policy.
Because there is no legal access to cannabis, nearly 30 million Americans last year met their consumer demand from a federally illegal market. Without the accountability and transparency of governmental oversight over this business, violent criminals have complete control of the marijuana market in a manner similar to the days of alcohol prohibition. Show-Me Cannabis Regulation seeks to address these problems by returning control of cannabis to government and private business, rather than criminal enterprise.
Keep Columbia Free believes that an end to America’s racist drug war is long overdue. Ending the prohibition of cannabis in Missouri is an important and sensible step on the road to ending that war and the violence it brings to our communities.
Keep Columbia Free supports Show-Me Cannabis regulation for the following reasons.
1. Our modern drug war is an extension of the repugnant Jim Crow Laws which followed the Civil War. As victims of the drug war, blacks are NOT more likely than whites to use marijuana, but are several times more likely to be both arrested and/or imprisoned for non-violent marijuana offenses. The bigoted application of racist drug laws must end.
2. Cannabis prohibition creates a lucrative and dangerous black market, benefiting criminals who protect their income by force. Law enforcement has proven useless in combating this black market as levels of drug usage remain constant or are on the rise and black market drug-related violence remains prevalent. Bringing cannabis into the realm of legal commerce would do a great deal to keep our law enforcement officers and children safe by removing a source of income and activity from indiscriminate street peddlers and violent, armed drug gangs.
3. Bringing an end to cannabis prohibition by allowing cannabis to be sold legally and regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and by allowing industrial hemp to be cultivated as a legal agricultural product would provide a much needed economic boost to the urban and rural economies of Missouri. This new market would be an important source for jobs, income, and tax revenue for our state and its citizens.
4. Personal sovereignty or self-ownership is an important and basic Natural Right, central to the liberty we celebrate in these United States. Adults should be free to do with their bodies as they see fit as long as their actions do not violate the rights of others. Cannabis prohibition is a violation of this right and therefor an insult and threat to the constitutional fabric of our free society. While Keep Columbia Free does not endorse the use of cannabis, or any other inebriant, we recognize and respect the rights of free adults to do so.
You can help end government sanctioned racism, curb youth access to drugs, keep our streets safe from black market drug violence, bring a much needed lift to Missouri’s economy, and secure basic human liberty by supporting cannibis legalization. Keep Columbia Free encourages everyone to join in supporting Show-Me Cannabis Regulation.
Read the proposed initiative HERE
Take action HERE
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