Missouri marijuana group rallies around sick vet facing drug charges

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WAYNESVILLE, MO (KTVI) - A Missouri group trying to legalize marijuana rallies around a sick veteran who is facing a drug charge. The vet says hemp helps him cope with his Leukemia.

Members of the Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act gathered in front of the Crocker Police Department on Friday. They`re here to support Delpert McKinnon, he`s has leukemia and says he uses marijuana to feel better, that led to a felony charge against him.

"I get dizzy sometime and I smoke a little bit I get dizzy." said Delpert McKinnon.

While several states have approved weed for use as a medicine, these folks want every Missourian to be able have it.

MCRPA's Nick Raines says his organization has collected about half the 160 needed signatures to get on the ballot. The Crocker police chief agrees marijuana may be good for patients in some cases. But, as a former narcotics officer, he doesn`t agree with recreational use.

"I think it leads to more deviant behavior I think it`s a stair step to other drugs." said Chief Chris Twitchel.

As far the charges against Delpert McKinnon; the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney released a statement. In it, Kevin Hillman said he took an oath to uphold the law, that he has seen no evidence from McKinnon or his attorney that the vet is using pot for his health.

Delpert McKinnon said, "I don`t think it`s fair, there`s a lot of people need help, it helps people and it helps me."

"Raw cannabis juice will make our children twice as strong, twice as fast with no affects of the high." said Nick Raines.

He says legalization would be great for Missouri farmers. his petition is competing against another one in Missouri that calls marijuana legalization only for medical use.