MISSOURI - In a move that may be seen more often in coming years, pro-pot advocates in Missouri want to skip the medical marijuana phase and go straight to legalization, reports P. Aiden Hunt at Marijuana dot com. Show-Me Cannabis, a Missouri marijuana activist group, filed the petition last week to put a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot.
To earn a place on the ballot, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has to provide his approval. Then, petition backers can launch a drive to collect 165,000 signatures from registered voters. The group’s director thinks they can do it and he’s not alone.
“We still have a long road ahead of us,” says Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne. “But we can feel the wind at our backs.”
Citizens or lawmakers enacted medical marijuana programs in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska long before voters legalized the plant for adult use. Many prominent targets for legalization in the next election cycle, such as California, Nevada, Arizona, Maine and Vermont, also allow medical marijuana.
Like Florida, Missouri passed a non-euphoric medical marijuana law in 2014, which will provide an extract that may of some use to people suffering from intractable epilepsy.
To read the entire petition, please go here.
The Herald Tribune/Nov. 21, 2014