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Marijuana initiative petition approved for circulation on 2014 Ballot

March 5, 2014

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cannabisJefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to the production, sale, distribution, and consumption of marijuana and hemp products met state standards for circulation.

The official ballot title for the initiative petition, 2014-122, reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

· allow the production, sale, distribution, and consumption of marijuana and hemp products by persons at least 21 years old;

· permit the state to establish a tax and authorize regulations and licensing procedures for marijuana;

· change criminal provisions for marijuana offenses and allow individuals who have certain marijuana-related offenses to apply to have the records relating to the offenses expunged; and

· allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes?

State government expects $1 million in startup costs and annual operating costs starting at $4.8 million, possibly offset by unknown savings in the criminal justice system. Legislative and agency actions will impact potential increased state revenue. The annual revenue increase could possibly exceed $217 million. The fiscal impact to local governments is unknown.

The petition, which would amend Article I of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Jeffrey Mizanskey (care of Tony Nenninger), 94 Huzzah Club Rd., Bourbon, Mo., 65441.

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2014 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 2014 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 4, 2014.

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.

  • Bill

    We should legalize marijuana. It would bring a lot of money for Missouri. We can use that money. No one has never died from marijuana use. The tax it would bring in can be used for schools and fight against hard drugs. Marijuana is a gift from God.

  • Shontal

    This is awesome! Way to go. Show other states how to reduce crime, prison rates, save and make money. Spend it on rehab and real crimes.

  • Bill

    I see Marijuana as a good thing. If the very few do not agree with legalization of marijuana well do not smoke or consumer marijuana. Millions of dollars can be made on legal marijuana. Beer kills,peanuts kill,tobacco kills etc… marijuana dose not kill. There is no reason to not legalize marijuana. Read up on marijuana and see the good it would come from it. One more Thing pills kill. Marijuana is not a hard drug. So come on and join the fight to legalize marijuana.

  • sara davis

    Legalize marijuana!!!

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