Prosecutors Drop Charge Against Marijuana Petitioners


Looks like peaceful protest still works. On Saturday morning, St. Charles City Attorney Mike Valenti officially dropped charges against two Show-Me Cannabis Regulation volunteers who were cited by police for "soliciting without a permit" on Sunday, January 15. The two were in fact gathering signatures on a petition in support of a ballot initiation to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana in Missouri, as we reported here.

The city's move comes on the heels of SMCR returning to North Main Street on Friday night to peacefully gather more signatures, and collectively exercise their First Amendment rights in a lawful and productive manner.

Valenti issued an official statement via email: "The City views this matter as an isolated incident and fully respects citizens' First Amendment right to lawfully collect petition signatures on public sidewalks."