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Senator Pulls Anti-Columbia Measure 
Posted by CN Staff on March 18, 2005 at 16:17:44 PT
By Josh Flory of the Tribuneís Staff 
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune
A bill to ban high school sports tournaments in Columbia has gone up in smoke. Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, yesterday said heís reached an agreement with the sponsor of legislation targeting Columbiaís marijuana ordinances. Sen. Chuck Gross, R-St. Charles, introduced the bill that would have banned high school tournaments in cities with marijuana policies such as those adopted in Columbia.
Last November, city voters approved ordinances allowing the use of marijuana prescribed for medical purposes and limiting the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a $250 fine in municipal court. Gross said high school athletes might think if they smoke dope in Columbia, the penalties would be less than in other cities.During an afternoon news conference at the headquarters of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, Graham said Gross agreed to sit on the bill after the two senators helped the MSHSAA craft a letter clarifying Columbiaís law.The association recently sent letters to schools participating in this monthís high school basketball championships, informing them that "use or possession of marijuana remains illegal, and the new ordinances merely modified the potential penalties."In a news release, Gross said he wonít pursue passage of the bill. "My intent has always been to make sure that the kids coming to Columbia are safe and that they know that itís not OK to use marijuana," he said.The bill had sparked opposition from ordinance supporters and from Columbia business leaders who said high school athletics tournaments are an economic boon to the city.MSHSAA Executive Director Becky Oakes said tournaments in the city generate about $3 million in economic activity. This week the Class 1, 2 and 3 boys and girls basketball championships are being held at Mizzou Arena.Grossí bill had not been voted on and was considered unlikely to pass by some observers, but it received a committee hearing in February. Graham said the fact that the bill received a hearing indicated that Gross was serious about it. "Thereís lots of bills that I think Ö arenít going to get anywhere, and all of a sudden they get a life of their own," Graham said. Note: Schools group vows to discourage pot use.Source: Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)Author: Josh Flory of the Tribuneís Staff Published: Friday, March 18, 2005Copyright: 2005 Columbia Daily TribuneContact: editor tribmail.comWebsite: http://www.columbiatribune.com/Related Articles:Bill Restricting Tournaments Weeded Outhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread20372.shtmlSenator Seeks To Penalize City for Marijuana Lawshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread20140.shtmlMarijuana Measures Pass Handily http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread19765.shtml 
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Comment #1 posted by global_warming on March 18, 2005 at 18:10:50 PT
pooh
"My intent has always been to make sure that the kids coming to Columbia are safe and that they know that itís not OK to use marijuana," he said."It has never been his intention, to end the "war on drugs", he has been bought out by the those that make so much profit by this modern shallow madness, and this insane prohibition and war on drugs,This frightened and lost soul, named Gross, needs to be held, and given some love and time, to come to his senses, for his gift of breath and life, are birthed by our community, Gross, is our brother and our little guy, and we the people,need to embrace our children, and spank those bottoms, that refuse to grow up and see the greatness of our heritage.working for peacegw
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