Missouri Marijuana Activists Say They’ve Exceeded Signature Requirements For Legalization Ballot Measures As Prospects For Separate Reform Bills Dwindle
The prospects of legalizing marijuana in Missouri this year through the GOP-controlled legislature are in doubt—but a campaign to put the issue on the ballot said on Wednesday that they’ve collected nearly twice as many signatures as they need to put the issue on the November ballot. At the same time, those activists are already facing a challenge from other advocates over alleged instances of misrepresenting their initiative petition during signature gathering. Lawmakers and stakeholders have been pushing for legislative reform, but that seems to be in jeopardy, according to the sponsor of one legalization bill. Meanwhile, the campaign Legal Missouri 2022 announced that is has have amassed more than 325,000 signatures to let voters decide on the policy. They will continue to collect signatures up until Sunday’s turn-in deadline, but the campaign says they’re confident the state will confirm that they’ve gathered more than the requisite 171,592 valid submissions to qualify for the ballot. “From Hannibal to Joplin, St. Joseph to Springfield, St. Louis, Kansas City and all points between, voters across our great state are ready to make Missouri the 20th to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adult use,” Legal Missouri 2022 campaign manager John Payne said in a press release. “We’re confident that our historic signature count provides the necessary cushion to qualify for the ballot,” he said. “But we’re not taking any chances, and will continue to pound the pavement these next several days to ensure our proposal exceeds the required threshold.” Under the measure, adults 21 and older would be able to possess up to three ounces of marijuana and purchase it from licensed retailers. Adults could also cultivate up to six plants for personal use. It would also impose a six percent tax on recreational cannabis sales and use revenue to facilitate automatic…
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