Is Missouri Next in Line for Recreational Cannabis?
According to Missouri officials, a vote on legalizing marijuana will be on the state's ballot in November. A few legislators and members of the legislature were questioned by the FBI over lobbying efforts in support of the bill that would have permitted recreational usage without license caps. Missouri Democrats are divided over the marijuana legalization ballot measure as more information about the FBI probe into cannabis lobbying attempts becomes available.
If citizens wanted this measure to be placed on the November ballot they had to get enough signatures collected in at least six of the state's eight congressional districts. Legal Missouri 2022 submitted about 400,000 signatures for a legalization initiative in May. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) has now certified that activists did indeed turn in enough valid petitions to put the cannabis reform measure on the ballot.
The campaign, for its part, stated that it had been checking for irregularities in the results from local officials and was convinced they would qualify. In a recent interview with Missouri Democratic House Leader Crystal Quade, Quade stated to the Missouri Independent, “She definitely thinks that the new legalization initiative will bring out more voters,”. Quade said of the marijuana proposal, which will appear on the ballot as Amendment 3.” It will bring out younger voters, and, younger voters tend to vote Democratic".
When she asked about her thoughts about the policy laid out in Amendment 3, “I’m in support of legalization,” she said. “I wish the initiative was better, but it is what we’re given to work with right now.” Missouri may become one of the next states for legal recreational use of cannabis, we can only wait and see.