MO advocates collect enough signatures for adult-use cannabis petition

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A group working on a constitutional amendment to legalize adult-use cannabis in Missouri says it has gathered enough signatures to make the ballot.

According to the Associated Press, Legal Missouri 2022 said it has collected 200,000 signatures in favor of the amendment but plans to gather thousands more.

The ballot initiative would:

  • Allow Missourians older than 21 to possess, consume and grow marijuana.
  • Give existing medical marijuana operators first crack at the market.
  • Levy a 6% sales tax to generate revenue for the state.

The group would like to amass more names before the May 8 deadline to give the petition more weight before it goes before voters in November.

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State law requires petitioners to collect signatures from 8% of voters who cast ballots for governor in the previous general election in six of the state’s eight congressional districts.

So the Legal Missouri 2022 initiative would require roughly 170,000 signatures.

In the meantime, the Missouri Legislature is considering a measure that would preempt the initiative and put in place a more wide-open, recreational marijuana law.