A bill that would legalize adult use of cannabis is now being considered by the Missouri state house panel. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, would allow anyone over the age of 21 to use, grow and sell marijuana legally.

After seeing overly harsh punishments being imposed on individuals possessing small amount of cannabis, Kelly holds that this measure would save the government money while stopping ineffective regulation.

A preliminary estimate shows that the excise tax will generate more than $200 million in revenue per year once fully implemented in 2016.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon responded saying that while he believes that while it may be time for medical marijuana, legalizing cannabis was “a bridge too far.”

While full legalization may seem somewhat unlikely at this time, the fact that even a conservative, Republican governor is open to medical cannabis use in his state shows how much the needle is moving in our nation. Baby steps...