‘Right to Farm’ in Missouri Doesn’t Cover Pot
September 2, 2015

(AP) – A new constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to farm doesn’t protect a woman who reportedly grew marijuana in her home, a Missouri judge ruled this week.
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled against a woman Tuesday whose public defender tried to argue that cultivating marijuana falls under the farming-rights amendment, the Jefferson City News Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1O8OCcy).
Public defender Justin Carver argued that Green should set aside a grand jury indictment against Lisa A. Loesch. She was charged in 2012 after Jefferson City police arrested her for allegedly growing pot in her basement.
“The conduct alleged in the indictment, even if taken as true, does not give rise to an offense in that the conduct is protected by the Missouri Constitutional right-to-farm,” Carver wrote in an April motion.
Voters added the amendment, which states that “the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state,” to the Missouri Constitution in August 2014.
Green ruled that the amendment only applies to livestock and “legitimate” crop cultivation, and even those practices still are subject to regulations.
The “argument that growing marijuana in a basement constitutes a ‘farming or ranching practice’ goes way beyond the plain meaning of ‘farming or ranching practice,'” Green wrote. “Simply put, marijuana is not considered a part of Missouri’s agriculture.”

‘Right to Farm’ Heads to Recount
August 6, 2014


Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst monitors incoming votes Tuesday night.
Missouri voters have approved a Right to Farm Amendment—probably.
The Secretary of State’s unofficial tabulations show Amendment 1 has passed with 50.127% of the vote, a margin of 2,528 votes out of 994,974 votes cast. The results are close enough to trigger a recount after the results are certified later this month by the Secretary of State.

Kinder Endorses Right to Farm
August 4, 2014

The Missouri Farm Bureau announced Monday Republican Lt Governor Peter Kinder is endorsing the Right to Farm proposed amendment.
“I support passage of Amendment 1 on Tuesday’s ballot. This measure provides vital protection for Missouri farm families and agriculture, our state’s leading industry. The Right to Farm Amendment will benefit all farms, especially smaller, family operations, which increasingly face threats to their way of life from ballot initiatives brought by fringe animal rights groups from outside Missouri. I encourage everyone to vote yes on Amendment 1 for the sake of Missouri farm families,” Kinder said.

Poll: Right to Farm-“Too Close to Call”
August 4, 2014

An independent poll released in the final days of the Missouri primary indicates the proposed ‘Right to Farm ’ amendment (Amendment #1) could end up being a tight race on Tuesday night.
““Amendment 1 is going to be determined by turnout and could go either way,” according to Titus Bond of the Remington Research group, the firm that conducted the poll.
The survey of 1,115 likely primary voters taken last week shows 48% of the survey supporting Amendment #1 1, 40% opposed and 12% heading into the last days of the campaign.
Bond thinks voter turn-out will be a key factor in determining who wins the race. Overall, turn-out is expected to be light across the state of Missouri.
Another proposed constitutional amendment is a close race is Amendment #8. That would create a special lottery ticket with the proceeds dedicated to funding Missouri’s veteran services. The state runs seven veterans homes. There is a waiting list of 1,900 persons for beds in those locations.
According to the poll, the veterans lottery ticket plan is in trouble. 46% of the survey oppose it; 41% support it and 13% are undecided.
Two other proposed constitutional amendments are appear poised for big victories.
Amendment #5, which would make the right to bear arms in Missouri an inalienable” right, has almost 2-to-1 lead.
60% of the survey supports it, 31% oppose it and 9% remain undecided.
Amendment #9, which extends privacy rights to electronic communication, is also in good shape.
67% support Amendment #9; 20% oppose it and 14% are undecided.
Remington says it did not poll on Amendment #7, the transportation sales tax question, “due to a conflict of interest”, according to a statement from the firm.

Humane Society of US Opposes Missouri ‘Right to Farm’ Question
June 12, 2014

(AP) – The Humane Society of the United States is opposing Missouri’s proposed constitutional amendment establishing a “right to farm.”

The amendment will appear on the Aug. 5 ballot. It asks voters whether the right “to engage in farming and ranching” should be “forever guaranteed” in the Missouri Constitution.

The Humane Society says the measure seeks to prohibit laws restricting industrialized agriculture and would allow large agricultural businesses to write their own rules. The organization predicts it would prompt lawsuits over what farming practices are permitted.

Farm groups and rural Republicans began pushing for the amendment after a 2010 conflict surrounding an initiative petition on dog breeders. The Humane Society was a leading supporter of that ballot question.

Supporters of this year’s proposal say they are trying to protect and promote agriculture