Speakers from St. Louis, Columbia and Fayetteville, including Dan Viets, a Columbia, MO defense lawyer, will discuss decriminalization of marijuana, its use for medicinal and religious purposes and for hemp as a fuel. The MOhemp Mobile which runs on hemp biodiesal will be on display. A free concert, lineup to be announced, will be scheduled.
The Joplin event is part of a 5 location scehedule, including Kansas City and Lexington on September 5, Columbia at the Blue Note on September 9, and St. Louis at Bowles Plaza on September 11 (note new location).
In Columbia the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education (CAPE) won certification of two municipal initiatives in November 2004. The first orders city prosecutors to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana or paraphernalia possession charges if the defendant can show a doctor supports his need for marijuana for a legitimate medical condition. The other initiative, known as the Smart Sentencing Initiative, requires prosecutors to refer misdemeanor possession cases to the municipal -- not the state -- court, remove the possibility of jail time, and reduce the maximum fine from $1,000 to $250. Both propositions passed with nearly a 3/4 majority. The measures gained support over balloting in April 2003 when voters rejected similar proposals by 60 per cent.
State-authorized patients and their caregivers who use or possess medical cannabis will continue to be subject to federal arrest and prosecution after a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) was rejected in the House by 264 to 161.
Donations of equipment or live sound expertise is needed. Organizational volunteers also are requested to phone (417) 626-2794 or send an email.