Missouri House Committee Approves Joint Resolution To Put Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot

Missouri House Committee Approves Joint Resolution To Put Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot
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A Missouri House committee on Tuesday approved a GOP-led joint resolution seeking to place the issue of marijuana legalization before voters on the November ballot. The Special Committee on Criminal Justice passed an amended version of the legislation, sponsored by the panel’s chairman Rep. Shamed Dogan (R), in a 7-2 vote. The development comes amid a push for separate measure to enact legalization legislatively that’s also advanced through committee but ran up against procedural hurdles on the House floor this week. While Dogan’s measure has now moved through his committee, an activist-and industry-led campaign is still pursuing its own separate initiative to put legalization on the ballot this November. Certain advocates and stakeholders have expressed concerns about that campaign’s initiative, voicing preference for a reform bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Hicks (R). It’s unclear when that measure might be taken up on the floor, as the sponsor was recently told by leadership that it wasn’t ready to move. Dogan, for his part, pre-filed his joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment on legalization on the 2022 ballot late last year. He introduced a similar proposal last year, but it did not advance. Under the lawmaker’s plan as amended by the panel on Tuesday, cannabis offenses would be removed from the state’s criminal statute, allowing adults to possess, use and sell marijuana for personal use without facing penalties, pending future regulations that could be enacted by the legislature. The committee substitute that the panel adopted changes the original proposal by omitting provisions that would have eliminated the state’s existing separate medical cannabis program and set policies related to taxation in the adult-use market. Dogan said that the substitute “streamlines the original resolution,” proposing a simple policy change that voters would decide on while leaving further regulations on the legal market for the…

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