Missouri House Leadership Delays Marijuana Legalization Vote Amid Licensing Dispute

Missouri House Leadership Delays Marijuana Legalization Vote Amid Licensing Dispute
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The Missouri House of Representatives was expected to consider a GOP-led bill to legalize marijuana on Monday—but the sponsor tells Marijuana Moment that leadership is standing in the way, prompting him to post a call to action for supporters. This latest development comes days before the legislature adjourns and as an activist- and industry-driven campaign pushes to place reform on the ballot via a voter initiative. The primary contention between the sponsor and leadership concerns whether or not to include licensing caps for marijuana businesses in the state. Rep. Ron Hicks (R) isn’t interested in caps—and he didn’t include any in his bill as filed before it was later amended in committee to include them—whereas the House floor leader is now insisting on them, according to the sponsor. Hicks is sponsoring the “Cannabis Freedom Act,” which has already moved through two committees so far and which he was expecting to get initial approval on the floor on Monday. The lawmaker told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview that House Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher (R), rather than letting the vote proceed as planned, requested a meeting to further discuss the legislation before it is considered. Hicks said that he believes this request for a meeting represents “another hold up,” as he’s “never been asked to be spoken to before on legislation” by leadership and would have ideally preferred to settle differences on the floor. “I asked [Ploche] why it was being held up, and he said he wanted to talk to me about the [licensing] caps,” Hicks said, adding that he informed the leader that he planned to introduce a floor amendment to resolve the issue by removing the caps. The leader apparently replied by saying he wanted caps to stay, which the sponsor views as ideologically antithetical to conservative…

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