Section 105-385; Ord. 18187; Calling a special election in the City of Columbia, Missouri, to be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, to consider an initiative ordinance to establish a medical marijuana policy


Ordinance No.             018187                     Council Bill No. B 244-04           


AN ORDINANCE

calling a special election in the City of Columbia, Missouri, to be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, to consider an initiative ordinance to establish a medical marijuana policy; directing notification of the election authority; describing the form of the notice of election; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  A special election is hereby ordered to be held in the City of Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, on the following question:

PROPOSITION 1

SHALL THE PROPOSED INITIATIVE ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY BE PASSED?

THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE PROVIDES THAT SERIOUSLY ILL ADULTS WHO USE MARIJUANA ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF A PHYSICIAN SHALL NOT BE ARRESTED, PROSECUTED OR PUNISHED FOR MARIJUANA LAW VIOLATIONS; THE SAME PROTECTION IS AFFORDED PHYSICIANS WHO RECOMMEND MARIJUANA FOR THEIR PATIENTS; IF THE PROHIBITION ON ARREST, PROSECUTION AND PUNISHMENT IS HELD INVALID, PROSECUTION WOULD BE LIMITED TO MUNICIPAL COURT AND PUNISHMENT WOULD BE LIMITED TO A $50 FINE.

    SECTION 2.  The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to notify the Clerk of the County Commission of Boone County, Missouri, of the adoption of this ordinance no later than 5 o'clock p.m. on August 24, 2004, and to include in the notification all of the terms and provisions required by Chapter 115, RSMo. 1994, as amended.

    SECTION 3.  The form of the notice of election shall be substantially as set forth on "Exhibit A" attached hereto and made a part hereof as fully as if set forth herein verbatim.

    SECTION 4.  The election shall be held and conducted, and the results thereof canvassed and returned, in all respects in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri.

    SECTION 5.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 2nd day of August, 2004.