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Pot petitioners protest permit citation

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A Missouri marijuana advocacy group is protesting the citation of two petition gatherers in St. Charles over the weekend.  The volunteers for Show-Me Cannabis Regulation say they were detained by police shortly after midnight while collecting signatures. 

Dave Roland, an attorney representing the two, says no ordinance was violated because collecting signatures is a First Amendment right. 

“Police officers ought to know that there is no legitimate authority for a public official to prevent people from simply explaining different ideas and gathering public support for a ballot initiative like this,” Roland said.

Roland is asking St. Charles to drop the charges, return confiscated petitions, and destroy all copies that were made.  

A St. Charles Police official says the matter is under investigation and could not comment any further.

Show-Me Cannabis Regulation is seeking 150,000 signatures to put an initiative on November's ballot that would decriminalize marijuana in the state.