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(CNN) – Recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington State.  But, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Missouri will not follow that lead.

Colorado expects to make $184-million in taxes in the first 18 months of recreational marijuana sales. Other state officials might be tempted to consider allowing pot use. But in a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Governor Nixon said lawmakers may only consider legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.

“Medicinally, I think folks are starting to see if there are things the medical community can help on, and our legislature may consider that.”

Nixon appeared on the show with three other governors. Each was asked if they might run for President in 2016. Governor Nixon said that he is focused on Missouri, and hopes that Hillary Clinton gets into the race.

23 comments

  • Michael Margulis

    Drugs should be legal. why is it our business what other people put in their body…and other than a ton of tax money. it gets rid of shady corner drug dealers and replaces them with small businesses that hire people… and i don’t do drugs because i think they turn you stupid….still doesn’t make me your boss

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    planning to toss the old guard governors, new era rising, power to the people

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    There’s Nixon, taking the wrong position on this subject just so he can get along and maybe occassionally get a “compromise” with those far-right, rural Tea Party Republicans who control our state but only represent about 30% of the people, mostly rural corporate farmers and large property owners.

    Funny, the Tea Party is given little chance to win just about anywhere else, but they dominate here in Missouraaww. Go figure.

    Well, if the people VOTE to legalize it, will Nixon and/or the legislature void that vote, too (as they did with conceal carry, larger trucks, Puppy Mill protection, etc. etc. the list goes on and on).????

    • GG

      Wrong again ByeBye…. Nixon would do NOTHING to compromise with the Tea Party! Most Tea Party members are libertarians who want the legalization of drugs. Once again – get your facts straight before spouting your garbage!

  • Piss Off

    Well, there goes all the people from St. Louis, KC, and Columbia who used to vote for him. It’s the end of the line for Jay now.

  • Paula Flores

    I currently fill 20 prescriptions per month for to the poison put in me for chemo. While smoking cannabis, I only need eight. The quality of life from the side effects is awful. Legalize medical NOW!!

  • Dylan

    nixon has got to be almost full blown stupid in order to not understand that the state could make millions of dollars just in the first 24 hours of recreational use.

    • Carol Angelbeck

      I suppose if it is voted in for recreational use then we can build smoke houses at SIX FLAGS, etc for people to buy and smoke pot just like Colorado has on the ski slopes. Obama says it isn’t any different then alcohol as he has done both, so I guess if the President says it is okey we should vote for it, right?

  • Amy winsto

    Seeing as how Missouri is pretty low in available funds, and this is an easy way to make tax revenue, I think Nixon should have to devise a proposed plan that would be better than this if he opposes this one.

    Like it or not it is coming and it is going to be this way within 10 years I’d say. I personally don’t use but you can not restrict what someone wants to use. That is unless it is a habit forming drug like methamphetamine.

  • Susan

    Nixon should have never been voted in the second time. All these people going to prison for selling the Mary Jane would open up space for serious criminals; ie, rapists, murderers, child molesters, etc. And help the people in need for medical issues….I don’t use it but would medically when passed. Get rid of Nixon and pass the law for recreational use. If anyone needs help trying to get this going, I would be willing to do what ever needs done to help……

  • Dave

    Missouri could use the tax money so why not. It’s gonna happen sooner or later so why not just do it now so the money starts coming in faster.

  • Amanda

    I thought we lived in a democracy not a dictatorship. Maybe we should take something so big and important to the people and quit letting these politicians do the decision making for us. So because Nixon doesn’t want something it’s not going to happen. Probably because he won’t gain as much from the sales of marijuana as he does prescription drugs.

  • Monica Whitaker Emerson

    Wow , I wont be putting my vote his way next time. We have to quit trying to control what everyone else does. The taxes alone would help Missouri . But the tipping it would do to our justice system would be amazing . I say vote marijuana in Nixon out.
    Sincerely ,
    Not a pot head , just a voter

  • vicki klein

    why wouldn’t you legalizeit? the people want it all the revune and jobs and medicinal reasons and many others do the research

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