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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Earlier in the week we outlined the marijuana initiatives on the Missouri ballot this year in Missouri has five ballot initiatives for marijuana in 2016. Out of those five, there was only one we recommended voting against. That one was the Constitutional Amendment to Article XV, Relating to Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Purposes 2016-128 proposed by Brad Bradshaw.

    Missouri State Rep. Tommie Pierson (D-North St. Louis County) has gone a step further. Today he published an OpEd in the Missouri Times titled The Missouri Legislature Must Not Let Brad Bradshaw Hijack Medical Cannabis to Create Constitutional Oligopolies and Grow Government. It turns out the exorbitant tax on medicine is not the only problem with this proposal.

    According to Rep. Pierson, who is pro-legalization, this initiative would set up a constitutionally protected monopoly much in the same way that Ohio's Issue 3 tried to do. The voters rejected it in Ohio, but Missouri's version has no mention of those details in the ballot summary.

    Rep. Pierson wrote his own summary of the bill which includes the main problems with it:

    In short:

    • This legislation threatens private property owners by creating a Constitutional regime for eminent domain takings

    • This legislation would create a Constitutional oligopoly where ordinary Missourians would find it virtually impossible to start businesses, deploy capital investments, or enter the cannabis industry

    • This legislation creates a new state agency with a dedicated revenue stream controlled by the office of the Lieutenant Governor and without any accountability from any other branch of government

    • This legislation taxes medical cannabis at 85% [75% tax on the retail sale of marijuana, and a 10% tax on the wholesale sale of marijuana to licensed facilities]

    We will have several other better options on the ballot this November. Please vote no on just this one.

    By Meric Ackerman - The Examiner/Jan. 28, 2016
    Art: Vox
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


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