Voters in Missouri will decide this November whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, after backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to that effect successfully petitioned it on to the ballot.
Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft (R) certified that the initiative had received sufficient signatures Tuesday, clearing the hurdle in six of the state’s eight congressional districts.
If passed, the amendment would impose a 6% tax on all non-medical marijuana sales, with the proceeds funneling into a newly created “Veterans, Health, and Community Reinvestment Fund” to be managed by the state.
One-third of the fund would be earmarked for health care and other services for military veterans, one-third for drug addiction treatment and overdose prevention, and the remaining third would be used to pay for legal assistance for low-income Missourians via the state’s public defender system.
In a press release accompanying the announcement, Ashcroft encouraged Missourians “to study and educate themselves” on the ballot initiative.
“Initiative 2022-059 that voters will see on the November ballot is particularly lengthy and should be given careful consideration,” he said.
Nineteen states, two territories and the District of Columbia have so far legalized cannabis for adult non-medical use, according to data tracked by the