Missouri Activists Plan Marijuana Legalization Initiative For 2022 Ballot

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Missouri activists are launching a new campaign to put marijuana legalization on the 2022 ballot. After the COVID-19 pandemic derailed an earlier effort to place the issue of legalization before voters last year, New Approach Missouri plans to unveil a modified ballot measure within the next few weeks. The group successfully qualified a medical cannabis legalization initiative for the 2018 ballot, which voters approved. While the new recreational measure will similarly establish a tax-and-regulate model for adult-use marijuana in the state, Missouri NORML’s Dan Viets told The Riverfront Times that this version will included expanded expand expungement provisions. “Some of the other provisions related to discrimination and employment, I would say they are also some the most important things that we’ve incorporated into this,” he added. Signature gathering is expected to start in August, John Payne, campaign manager of New Approach Missouri, said. But for the time being, text of the initiative has not been released. “Based on the polling I’ve seen, I believe that a Missouri cannabis legalization ballot initiative would have a very good chance of success next year,” Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment. “Cannabis would already be legal in Missouri were it not for the pandemic, which prevented the 2020 legalization campaign from completing its signature drive and qualifying its initiative for the November ballot,” he said. Rep. Shamed Dogan (R) separately introduced a joint resolution in December that would put adult-use legalization to voters as a ballot measure, though it has not seen action since being referred to a House committee in May. There’s reason to believe that the push to put legalization on the ballot next year will be successful. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, activists collected 80,000 raw signatures within months last year, and they needed 160,199 valid…

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