Show-Me Cannabis announced Monday morning that it would take legal action against three of Missouri’s drug task forces, alleging violations of state laws requiring transparency from public officials.

Show-Me Cannabis announced Monday morning that it would take legal action against three of Missouri’s drug task forces, alleging violations of state laws requiring transparency from public officials.

This announcement comes on the heels of a report the organization released last week exposing rampant misconduct within Missouri’s drug task forces. The report is titled, “Secret, Dangerous, and Unaccountable: Exploring Patterns of Misconduct in Missouri’s Drug Task Forces” and is available to the public at www.show mecannabis.com/report.

The lawsuits announced Monday were filed against the St. Louis Metro Multi-Jurisdictional Undercover Drug Program, the Kansas City Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, and the East Central Missouri Drug Task Force, headquartered in Audrain County. All three cases allege failure or refusal to comply with the Missouri Sunshine Law.

Show-Me Cannabis has made the pleadings available to the public at www.showmecannabis .com/media/press.

“Missouri’s drug task forces are trusted to enforce the law, but they routinely ignore the laws designed to hold them accountable to the public,” plaintiff Aaron Malin said. “The citizens of Missouri have a fundamental right to know what their government is doing on their behalf, which is why Missourians enacted the Sunshine Law. Today we are asking the courts to prove that law enforcers are not themselves above the law.”

Show-Me Cannabis is an association of organizations and individuals who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and that it should be replaced by a system of regulation and taxation similar to the regulation of alcohol. The group seeks to engage Missourians in a serious, public conversation about the negative social consequences of marijuana prohibition and ways in which the regulation and taxation of marijuana could offer benefits in the fields of medicine, industry, public safety, as well as potential benefits for the economy as a whole.