Missouri lawmakers rejected an amendment to a health care bill on Thursday that would have required House members to consume a “substantial” amount of marijuana before performing their legislative duties.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R), was defeated in a voice vote—though a reporter in the room said he heard a few “ayes.”
Text of the measure stipulated that “members of the Missouri House shall consume a substantial dose of medicinal marijuana prior to entering the chamber or voting on any legislation.”
McDaniel told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview that, this time of year, lawmakers tend to pile on amendments to bills. The current health care-focused legislation has “a whole bunch of crap” that’s been attached to it, he said, and so he saw an opportunity to “get everyone to chill out and get a little chuckle” with his proposal.
It was for the real betterment of all Missourians if some people would chill out. #moleg #COVID19 #pandemic https://twitter.com/kylejaeger/status/1258511711742488576 …
A GOP Missouri lawmaker introduced an amendment to a health care bill today that would have required members to consume a “substantial” amount of marijuana before performing their legislative duties.
No really https://www.marijuanamoment.net/missouri-lawmakers-defeat-amendment-to-require-they-consume-marijuana-before-voting/ …
The hope was also that it could “get them all to pay attention” and “quit messing it up,” he said.
The lawmaker said he similarly heard some “aye” votes from the chamber, though he said he wasn’t going to force people to go on the record with a roll call vote.
It was just shot down by a voice vote. But pretty sure I heard some “Ayes” https://twitter.com/J_Hancock/status/1258489544128843784 …
House is currently debating a bill related to health care.
Among the amendments drafted says: “All members of the Missouri House shall consume a substantial dose of medicinal marijuana prior to entering the chamber or voting on any legislation.” https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills201/amendpdf/3142H06.58H.pdf … #moleg
“It was just for fun—simmer down, bring up a little bit of laughter in such a somber environment of the times we’re in,” McDaniel said.
Erik Alteri, executive director of NORML, told Marijuana Moment that he appreciated the sentiment.
“During these trying times we all could certainly use a laugh which this amendment provided. Though having state legislators imbibe before session might not be the worst thing to encourage cooperation for the public good,” he said. “At the very least perhaps opponents of ending our failed probation on cannabis may finally realize they are ruining hundreds of thousands of lives per year over a plant.” (More)