Dueling Medical-Marijuana Initiatives in Missouri Likely to Confuse Voters
For nearly 20 years, Missouri residents have publicly debated the topic of medical cannabis more than any other state while passing no significant reform for patients.
However, in August, not one or two but three different marijuana initiatives were approved for the Nov. 6 ballot. The three are backed by New Approach Missouri, Missourians for Patient Care and Springfield lawyer/physician Brad Bradshaw, under the name Find a Cure. Both New Approach and Bradshaw have proposed constitutional amendments. Patient Care’s is a statutory amendment.
Only New Approach’s would allow for home growing (six plants), which is probably good enough reason to vote for it. Ten conditions, from cancer to PTSD, would be covered by the measure, dubbed Amendment 2. The possession limit is four ounces.
Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who’s up for reelection, has endorsed Amendment 2, as well as NORML. “Of the three, NORML believes that Amendment 2 is written in a manner that best provides for the needs of patients and their physicians, and is the measure most likely to withstand scrutiny from lawmakers,” NORML stated on Sept. 5.
NORML: “Amendment 2 is written in a manner that best provides for the needs of patients and their