Missouri Activists Take Steps To Put Marijuana Legalization Initiative On November Ballot
Missouri activists are gearing up for a push to put marijuana legalization on the state’s November ballot. A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize for adult use, which was submitted last year, has been cleared for signature gathering by the secretary of state, which certified the ballot title last month. The initiative, which the campaign Missourians for a New Approach is backing and the national New Approach PAC is funding, would allow adults 21 and older to possess and purchase up to one ounce of cannabis from licensed retailers. Individuals would also be able to cultivate up to three plants for personal use. A 15 percent excise tax would be imposed on recreational marijuana sales, with revenue going toward veterans’ services, infrastructure and substance misuse treatment. According to a fiscal analysis, Missouri stands to bring in $86 million to $155 million in revenue annually by 2025. The costs of implementation is estimated to be about $21 million initially, then decreasing to $6 million annually. The proposal would also allow individuals with prior cannabis convictions to apply for resentencing or expungements. “Missourians for a New Approach, in collaboration with New Approach PAC, is exploring the initiative petition process right now to determine…
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