Tiny Missouri Town Joins Medical Marijuana Trend


Cliff Village, a tiny Joplin, Mo., suburb (population 34 or 55, depending on who does the counting) weighed in on the national debate about medical marijuana by passing its own law this month, says the Kansas City Star. “This is symbolism, pure and simple,” said Mayor Joe Blundell. “I would like to be the brave one who grows the first plant, but they've built a lot of cages for the people who stick their necks out.”

His ordinance was intended to show grassroots support for a measure that has been repeatedly introduced in the Missouri legislature. Cliff Village's ordinance allows someone with a physician's approval to possess a few ounces of marijuana and grow a few plants. As federal agents make arrests and seizures in states where marijuana has been made legal for the sick, the number of states moving toward legalization has increased. In November, Michigan voters made their state the 13th to allow relatively small amounts of marijuana for personal medical use. San Francisco approved medical marijuana and then California. Denver and then Colorado. Missoula and then Montana. The 30-year-old Cliff Village mayor said the law came from his own frustration with pharmaceutical painkillers to deal with the aftermath of a train accident that left him in a wheelchair. “When I got introduced to this flower, it not only alleviated my pain, it got me out gardening,” Blundell said. “I'm not just stoning myself out. It allowed me to function.”

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