Missouri legalization measure officially approved for ballot

Secretary of State John Ashcroft issued a certificate of sufficiency to the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign, officially placing the adult use legalization initiative on the November ballot. Voters in Missouri will join voters in Maryland and South Dakota, where similar adult use measures will appear on the ballot.

“A recent poll finds a majority of Missouri residents are ready and willing to end their state’s failed marijuana ban,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri “It’s because Missourians, like the overwhelming majority of all Americans, recognize that Prohibition is a disastrous and draconian practice best thrown into the dustbin of history. Show Me State voters want a sensible policy of legalization and regulation, and that’s why we expect them to vote overwhelmingly “yes” to this initiative this fall.

Missouri’s proposed measure would allow adults to own (up to three ounces), purchase (from licensed retailers), and home-grow (up to six flowering plants, six immature plants, and six clones) limited amounts of cannabis. It also establishes a program to automatically review and disbar people with criminal records for nonviolent marijuana offenses.

Missouri NORML Coordinator and MO ’22 Legal Advisory Board Chair Dan Viets said, “The leaders of NORML chapters in Missouri have played a major role in drafting this initiative so that the interests of cannabis users are protected.”

Measures to legalize adult use have already qualified for the 2022 ballot in Maryland and South Dakota. Additionally, signatures supporting separate state efforts have been submitted and are pending verification in Nebraska (medical only), North Dakota and Oklahoma. Arkansas activists had turned in the required number of signatures to qualify for legalization in their state, but election officials disputed the title of the measure. Campaign activists are appealing the decision.

In May, Legal Missouri 2022 reported that they had surrendered more than 385,000 signatures — more than double the total (171,592) needed to put the proposed measure on the ballot. However, because the proposed measure is a constitutional amendment, advocates had to secure a fixed percentage of signatures (eight percent) from six of the state’s eight congressional districts. Election officials initially believed the campaign failed in a few of these districts, but the final review determined that the campaign generated enough signatures for ballot box placement.

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