On Thursday, voters in Missouri had a choice between three different medical cannabis measures. And with a 65 to 35 percent margin, they approved Amendment 2—the measure that provides the broadest access to medical cannabis. Amendment 2 opens up access to medical cannabis for all Missourians, leaving the decision of whether or not to recommend a medical cannabis treatment entirely up to physicians and their patients. With this historic vote, Missouri joins Utah and Michigan as the latest states to legalize some form of cannabis, brining the national total up to 33 (plus D.C. and U.S. territories).

Missouri Says Yes to Amendment 2, Legalizing Access to Medical Cannabis

New Approach Missouri, an advocacy group that spearheaded the effort to back Amendment 2, is calling Thursday’s election results a resounding victory for Missouri’s patients and caregivers. Unlike Amendment 3 and Proposition C, the other two medical marijuana ballot measures, Amendment 2 puts doctors and patients in charge of medical cannabis decisions, sidelining politicians and government bureaucrats. However, it will still be up to lawmakers and state agencies to swiftly and effectively implement Amendment 2.

But there is a timeline in place. The state will have to begin accepting applications for qualifying

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