We are excited to announce that over 50,000 Missourians have already signed our adult use petition to end marijuana prohibition! This is an important milestone as we continue to ramp up signature collection across the state. We need to gather more than 160,000 signatures by the May 3rd deadline to qualify for the November 2020 ballot.Read more
From the Springfield News-Leader: "A week after Missouri officials announced winners of nearly 200 medical marijuana retail dispensary licenses, officials with a group dubbed Missourians for a New Approach announced their intent to campaign for a recreational, or "adult-use," marijuana initiative.
They want to get recreational marijuana onto the November 2020 Missouri ballot.
"We believe Missourians are ready for this," campaign manager John Payne told the News-Leader late Thursday. "This has been an issue that's advanced very quickly nationwide. Sometimes the progress has been surprising to those of us who have been advocating for a long time." Keep reading.
Missourians for a New Approach Collecting Signatures to Place Adult-Use Marijuana Initiative on November Ballot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2020
“Eleven other states, including our neighbors in Illinois, have successfully regulated and taxed adult-use marijuana, bringing millions in new funding for state services,” said John Payne, campaign manager for Missourians for a New Approach and former campaign manager for New Approach Missouri, which successfully enshrined medical marijuana in the Missouri Constitution in 2018. “Missourians are strongly in favor of legalizing, taxing and regulating adult marijuana use and we are excited to give voters this opportunity in November.”
“I think Missourians are confident in the way the state has managed and regulated the medical marijuana program to this point and want to move sooner rather than later, following in the footsteps of many other states, to legalize the adult use of marijuana,” said Payne.
Some of the key provisions of initiative petition 2020-128, which is the one being circulated by Missourians for a New Approach, include:
- Allowing Missourians 21 years and older the ability to possess marijuana;
- Taxing retail sales of marijuana at 15%, with the funds being split between veterans’ services, Missouri’s roads and bridges, and drug addiction treatment;
- Allowing local communities to opt-out of adult use retail marijuana sales through a vote of the people;
- Allowing Missourians with certain marijuana-related offenses to expunge their criminal record.
The effort is backed by many of the same advocacy and grassroots organizations that supported the passage of Amendment 2, including the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and New Approach PAC.
According to the state's fiscal estimate, the initiative is projected to produce $93 million to $155 million annually to Missouri by 2025, with an additional $17 million to $27 million annually to local governments.
Dan Viets, Missouri State Coordinator for NORML and Board Chair of Missourians for a New Approach, said, “It's time we stop treating adults who use cannabis responsibly like criminals. We should tax and regulate marijuana like we do alcohol." Earlier this month, Missouri NORML, including all of its local chapters, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mid-Missouri, Springfield, St. Charles, St. Joseph, and Southeast Missouri State University, voted to endorse the passage of the initiative petition.
Thirty-three states, including Missouri, have passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Through this ballot initiative effort, Missourians for a New Approach is seeking to make Missouri the 12th state to legalize adult-use marijuana.
The deadline to submit signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office for the 2020 General Election ballot is May 3, 2020. Constitutional amendments must collect at least 160,199 verified signatures to make the ballot.