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Initiative Petitions Relating to Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Purposes Approved for Circulation for 2016 Ballot

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Jason Kander Jason Kander
JEFFERSON CITY, MO -

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced two initiative petitions relating to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes met state standards for circulation.

The official ballot title for initiative petition 2016-134 reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and create regulations and licensing procedures for marijuana and marijuana facilities;
  • impose a 4 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana; and
  • use funds from these taxes for health and care services for military veterans by the Missouri Veterans Commission and to administer the program to license and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities?

This proposal is estimated to generate additional annual taxes and fees of $17 million to $21 million for state operating costs and veterans programs, $8 million for other state programs, and $7 million for local governments. State operating costs will be significant. Additional local government costs are likely.

The official ballot title for initiative petition 2016-135 reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and create regulations and licensing procedures for marijuana and marijuana facilities;
  • impose a 4 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana; and
  • use funds from these taxes for health and care services for military veterans by the Missouri Veterans Commission and to administer the program to license and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities?

This proposal is estimated to generate additional annual taxes and fees of $17 million to $21 million for state operating costs and veterans programs, $8 million for other state programs, and $7 million for local governments. State operating costs will be significant. Additional local government costs are likely.

Petition 2016-134 would amend Article I and Petition 2016-135 would amend Article XVI. Both petitions were submitted by Sheila Dundon, 15 N. Tenth St., Columbia, MO 65201.

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2016 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.

Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2016 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 8, 2016.

Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words, and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

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