CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX) – The Show-Me Cannabis Caravan makes a stop in Cape Girardeau this evening on a statewide campaign to promote the legalization and regulation of marijuana.
St. Louis Police Sgt. Gary Wiegert, a Tea Party activist and lobbyist for the Show-Me Cannabis group, will be a featured speaker.
Weigert says he will be acting as a private citizen, not as a law enforcement officer, and that the role doesn’t constitute a conflict of interest.
“I have arrested hundreds of people for marijuana and it really hasn’t had much of an effect on marijuana use, other than it’s ruined a lot of people’s lives and given people records,” Wiegert said.
“Also, the one thing about marijuana is over the years I’ve seen people robbed, burglarized, and usually it’s because they have a heroin or a meth or a cocaine addiction. I’ve never seen anybody knock down an old lady and take her purse because they wish to purchase marijuana,” he added.
Wiegert contends that because pot is illegal, it is easier for children to get their hands on marijuana than alcohol. Along with legalization of the drug, Show-Me Cannabis also advocates for the use of industrial hemp and for lessened penalties for those caught possessing pot.
In April, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted 22-3 to reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana. Possession of the drug is now punishable by a $100-500 fine. A similar ordinance is on the books in Columbia, Missouri.