- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking public records in Missouri on behalf of the research director for the marijuana activist group Show-Me Cannabis.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Cole County prosecutor Mark Richardson on behalf of Aaron Malin, the News Tribune (https://bit.ly/1NSS2OM ) reported. Malin, whose group is working to establish laws that allow free use of marijuana in the state, wants the records as part of researching what Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces were doing with funds throughout the state, said attorney Dave Roland of Mexico, who filed this week’s lawsuit for Malin and the ACLU.

Malin asked Richardson’s office in April for any communication between the Cole County prosecutor’s office and a drug task force that covers Cole, Callaway and Boone counties. He later sought records of indictments issued since July 2014 regarding the sale of narcotics in public housing, and any open records inquiries Richardson’s office had received since Jan. 1. All those requests were denied.

Richardson said Thursday that Malin can get the records if he gets a court order.

Roland said his client has filed about half a dozen lawsuits all over the state as part of an effort to ensure courts require these law enforcement agencies to comply with the state’s government transparency laws.

A lawsuit filed in May against the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group and its board members is pending. Other cases remain active in various state circuit courts. One lawsuit, filed in July, has been moved to federal court.


Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, https://www.newstribune.com

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