Medical Marijuana Could Be Heading for The Missouri Ballot

Twice this year, Missouri legislators have voted against medical marijuana, but now a legalization measure could appear on the state’s ballot in November, according to a May 31, 2016, article at OzarksFirst.com.

A spokesman for New Approach Missouri, a group pushing the medical marijuana legalization effort, said his organization has collected enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. Now the Missouri Secretary of State’s office has to verify the signatures before approving the ballot measure.

If voters were to approve the measure, doctors could prescribe marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, and cancer, OzarksFirst.com said.

New Approach Missouri’s spokesman, Jack Cardetti, said, “We thought the legislature was probably still a few years off from passing this. Their voters and their constituents are far ahead of where the legislators are on this issue at this point. To basically tell cancer patients or epilepsy patients that we need to hold off and wait for three or four more years until the legislature passes it, we didn’t think that was fair.”

On May 2, 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper participated in the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, and had the chance to briefly discuss recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado.

Germany plans to legalize medical cannabis by 2017, according to Hermann Gröhe, Health Minister of Germany.

On May 3, 2016, the United States dropped its case against Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, California, as reported by KGO-TV.

Source: MJI News