Missouri Activists Officially End 2020 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Due To Coronavirus

Missouri Activists Officially End 2020 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Due To Coronavirus

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Missouri is officially ending its bid for the November ballot due to the coronavirus outbreak. While activists acknowledged last month that there was “no practical way” to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot since in-person collection was suspended as officials have shuttered many businesses and encouraged social distancing measures, they teamed up with other campaigns to explore alternative avenues to success such as pushing for electronic signature gathering. But Missourians for a New Approach ultimately determined that it wasn’t feasible and they would have to aim to for a future election cycle. “It was always a long shot, especially in Missouri, but we believed in the importance of exploring every avenue, given the strong support in the state for cannabis legalization,” Graham Boyd, director of the national New Approach PAC, which was a major funder of the state effort, wrote in an email to supporters on Tuesday. “New Approach PAC covered the cost of all the legal work exploring the e-signature alternative in Missouri, but now with less than four weeks left before the constitutionally mandated deadline, we’re simply out of time and options,” he said. “The 2020 cannabis legalization campaign in Missouri cannot continue.” A total of 160,199 valid signatures from registered voters were needed in order to qualify the measure for this year’s ballot, and as of last month, the campaign said it had collected about 80,000 raw signatures. It’s uncertain how many of those would have been deemed valid.…

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