Advocacy and Policy Change

Every year the Northland Coalition adopts legislative priorities.  Please contact Vicky Ward for additional talking points or information concerning the Northland Coalition’s position on the following priorities. or 816-877-0411

Our 2019 State Legislative Priorities

Top Three Priorities:

Make the legal age 21 to purchase Tobacco/Nicotine statewide.

  • The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that youth e-cigarette use has reached “epidemic proportions”.
  • To date, 18 municipalities, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Kansas City and Jackson County, have increased the age of sale of nicotine/vape products to 21. Northland municipalities include Gladstone, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, and Parkville.
  • For the first time in history, alcohol was not the number one drug used by Missouri youth in 2018 in a 30-day period. Vaping surpassed alcohol use by almost one (1) percent (15.3% vs. 14.5%). (MSS, 2018)
  • 80% of Missouri youth obtain their tobacco/nicotine products from a friend or purchase it from a store. With the easy access to students in their high schools that can purchase tobacco/nicotine legally, students report it is easy to obtain (MSS, 2018).

Legislation must be passed to restrict Medical Marijuana marketing and advertising strategies from targeting youth.

  • Medical Marijuana should be packaged in compliance with the United States Poison Prevention Packaging Act on 1970, 15 U.A.X ss. 1471 et saq.
  • Each edible should be individually sealed in plain, opaque wrapping and marked only with the marijuana universal symbol. The receptacle must also include and list all ingredients, storage instructions, dates of expiration, a clear and legible warning to keep out of reach from children and pets, and that the edible has not been produced or inspected pursuant to federal food safety laws.
  • Legislation should prohibit the signage and advertising visible to members of the public from any street and/or public place. All advertisements (including on the internet) may not have content that specifically targets individual’s under the age of 18, including cartoon characters or similar images, and must be approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Establish a unified, comprehensive Narcotics Control Monitoring System Between Pharmacies (Luetkemeyer SB155, Holly Rehder HB148

  • 951 Missourians died of Opioid overdoses in 2017, 92.7% were accidental (MO DHSS, 2018).
  • 7.7% of Missouri students report using nonmedical prescription drugs compared to the national average of 4.9%, which is a 35% higher average than in the nation (MSS, 2018).
  • The average age Missouri youth begin to use nonmedical prescription drugs is 11.81, more than one year before the first use of alcohol and cigarettes, and more than 2 years before the first use of marijuana (MSS, 2018)
  • 34 states that implemented a PDMP from 1999-2013 experienced an average reduction of 1.12 prescription opioid-related overdose deaths per 100,000 population the following year. (Patrick, Fry, Jones & Buntin, 2016).
  • If Missouri adopted a PDMP there would be more than 600 fewer overdose deaths nationwide, preventing approximately two deaths each day (Patrick, Fry, Jones & Buntin, 2016).

Also on our radar: 

Local and state efforts to regulate the marketing of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices in the same way tobacco products are regulated

  • 3% of MO’s 6th-12th graders used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days (2018 Missouri Student Survey).
  • Unlike cigarettes, e-cigarettes are available in fruit and candy flavors, and advertised directly to youth. Seven in ten teens are exposed to e-cigarette advertising.
  • In the Northland, youth use of e-cigarettes is more than double that of marijuana use (2018 MSS).

Click here to download Northland Coalition’s 2019 State Legislative Priorities.





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