Missouri voters will have their say on adult-use cannabis legalization this November after the state’s Supreme Court decided Sept. 13 it won’t interject.
The Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to remain on the sideline comes after Joy Sweeney, a resident of Jefferson City, Mo., who serves on the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, filed a lawsuit Aug. 19 in an attempt to remove the measure from the state ballot. The suit claimed Legal Missouri 2022 (LM22) did not gather enough valid signatures and that the group’s initiative deals with too many policy changes in violation of state law.
The lawsuit was supported by Protect Our Kids, a political action committee (PAC) formed by Luke Niforatos of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a notorious prohibitionist group.
Missouri’s Supreme Court justices denied taking on the case after Cole County Circuit Judge Cotton Walker dismissed Sweeney’s lawsuit, and after the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 12 that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft correctly certified the initiative petition as sufficient, and correctly directed that the initiative appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The initiative’s organizers submitted roughly 400,000 signatures for their petition, and