Missouri: Over 370,000 Signatures Submitted for Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Earlier today New Approach Missouri submitted over 372,000 signatures for their initiative to legalize medical marijuana, well more than the 168,000 required to place the measure on the November general election ballot.

In a press release sent out today by New Approach Missouri (NAM), they stated that they are “virtually certain to have well in excess of the required signatures to be certified for the November ballot.”

If the initiative is approved by voters in November, it would establish  “a statewide system for production and sale of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products”. Patients would be allowed to grow their own cannabis, and “Instead of creating a short and restrictive list of qualifying conditions, this initiative puts power in the hands of a state-licensed physicians, not politicians or bureaucrats, to determine who will benefit from medical cannabis.”

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Missouri Secretary of State Gives Approval to Cannabis Legalization Initiative

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has given approval to an initiative that would legalize cannabis for those 21+.

In addition to legalizing cannabis for those 21 and older, the initiative would legalize medical cannabis for minors; given they have a qualifying condition and receive a recommendation from a physician.

The approval gives advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to put the measure to a vote of the people in the 2018 general election. They must collect 82,000 valid signatures by May of next year to accomplish this.

A similar measure fell just 23 signatures short last year of being on the November ballot.

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