Lawmaker Adds ‘Poison Pill’ Amendment to Missouri’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill

Lawmaker Adds ‘Poison Pill’ Amendment to Missouri’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill
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<![CDATA[The Missouri House Public Safety Committee approved an adult-use cannabis legalization bill last week, but not before one lawmaker included a controversial amendment that could ultimately doom the legislation.Rep. Nick Schroer, R-St. Charles County, amended House Bill 2704, the Cannabis Freedom Act, March 31 to bar transgender women from accessing no-interest loans for women- and minority-owned cannabis businesses, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.The amendment drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, the news outlet reported, but the legislation still cleared the House Public Safety Committee Thursday in a 5-4 vote.Schroer voted no on the bill, however, citing last-minute changes that took place before the vote.“He literally either was showboating and needed his sound bites in the committee or he was deliberately trying to kill that piece of legislation,” Rep. Ron Hicks, R-Defiance, the bill’s sponsor, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.Schroer said his intent was not to kill the bill, according to the news outlet, and House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, who co-sponsors the Cannabis Freedom Act, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she is “hopeful” lawmakers can remove Schroer’s amendment on the House floor.“It is frustrating that one member will take a bipartisan-supported bill and use it simply for campaign fodder,” Quade told the news outlet.Schroer, who is running for state Senate, has expressed opposition to the loan program included in the legislation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, and initially said he wanted the entire provision removed from the bill.Questions about whether and how to limit the number of adult-use cannabis businesses in the state have also dominated negotiations on the Cannabis Freedom Act, according to the news outlet. Lawmakers have expressed support for opening the market after a flurry of lawsuits were filed against the state when Missouri rolled out its medical cannabis program in 2020.Rep.…

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