Missouri Advocates Trying to Put Recreational Marijuana on November Ballot

It should come as no surprise that Missouri cannabis activists see the ballot measure as the quickest route to legalization of recreational marijuana. Voters gave the state its legal medicinal system in 2018, with a total of 66 percent voting to allow patient access to the green. 

They may get a chance to vote on adult use cannabis in November. A group called Missourians for a New Approach, which is built of a host of activist organizations that were also involved in the successful 2018 ballot measure, has announced plans to let voters decide this year on recreational cannabis. 

New Jersey, South Dakota, and Mississippi have all already approved cannabis ballot measures that will go before voters this year. 

But if their measure is to get off the ground, Missouri activists will need to act fast. Since the initiative would represent a change to the state’s constitution, it will need 160,000 signatures by the middle of May to qualify for the Missouri’s November ballot. 

“There is widespread support among Missouri voters to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana,” said the measure’s campaign manager John Payne. “The status quo has allowed an unsafe and unregulated black market to thrive in Missouri, while

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