A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petitioners in St. Charles over the weekend.
By Joseph Leahy, KWMU.
Two volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures.
“I think they legitimately thought that that counted as soliciting," said John Payne, a spokesman for the group. "But gathering signatures for a petition is very much protected by the First Amendment. That is pure political expression in a purely public area.”
Missouri’s Secretary of State has now approved more than a dozen petitions related to the taxing of tobacco products. But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation. Of those remaining, the aims may be very different.