Legislative Update

by Brandon Costerison

Progress in MO Legislature Will Require Champions

We were honored to be joined by six Missouri state legislators at NCADA’s 4th Annual Legislative Conversation on November 15. Representatives Steve Lynch, Sarah Unsicker, Tommie Pierson Jr., Fred Wessels, and Senators Dave Schatz and Bob Onder shared their thoughts on various substance use-related issues with over 75 attendees.

Issues addressed included raising the age of tobacco purchasing to 21, medical marijuana initiatives, curbing heroin and opioids, and increasing the availability of effective treatment.

Every panel member emphasized the importance of advocates finding champions: legislators who have special passion for an issue. Panel members urged advocates to continue expressing their
concerns about substance use to their legislators, and to demand that those concerns be addressed at the state level.

We appreciate our legislators and attendees engaging in advocacy and for taking this opportunity to listen to one another. Click to view NCADA’s policy priorities for the 2018 legislative session.

From left: NCADA’s Dan Duncan joins Rep. Pierson, Rep. Wessels,
Rep. Unsicker, Sen. Onder, Sen. Schatz, and Rep. Lynch
at the 4th Annual Legislative Conversation.