Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Question

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Missouri voters won’t just vote on medical marijuana on Tuesday, they’ll vote on three competing measures. So, what’s the difference between the measures?

Here are summaries, with information pulled from the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office:

  • Amendment 2 — This measure would amend the state constitution to allow the use of marijuana for medical uses and creates regulations and licensing procedures. It would impose a 4 percent tax on retail sales of marijuana, with funds going to the Missouri Veterans Commission and the Department of Health and Senior Services. The amendment also would allow patients to grow as many as six plants, or a caretaker to grow 18 plants.
  • Amendment 3 — This would amend the state constitution to allow use of medical marijuana and create regulations and licensing procedures. It would impose a 15 percent tax on retail sale and a tax on wholesale sale of marijuana flowers and leaves. Proceeds would establish and fund the Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute, led by Springfield lawyer and physician Brad Bradshaw, who has pushed the measure.
  • Proposition C — This would amend state law, not the constitution, thus giving state lawmakers say over regulations and licensing procedures. It would impose a 2 percent tax on retail sales, with money going for veterans’ services, drug treatment, early childhood education and public safety.

If more than one of the measures passes, either of the constitutional amendments would trump Proposition C. If more than one amendment passes, the one with the most “yes” votes would go into effect.

Source: Kansas City Business Journal

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