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Medical marijuana supporters submit signatures to put issue on state ballot



Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in Missouri submitted signatures Friday for two ballot initiatives that would let voters decide on the issue in November.

Both initiatives allow access to medical marijuana for patients with conditions including cancer, HIV and epilepsy.

The plans differ mostly in how they propose regulating and taxing marijuana sales.

One group, New Approach Missouri, proposes a 4 percent sales tax that would go into a new fund to help veterans with health care costs. Another group, Find the Cure, would charge a 15 percent tax and create a research institute to regulate marijuana and study incurable diseases.

Legislative researchers estimated Missouri could generate $100 million worth of medical marijuana sales annually if the drug is legalized.

Signatures submitted Friday now must be verified by the secretary of state’s office. A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution must have at least 160,000 signatures to make the ballot.

Read more: Southeast Missourian, St. Louis Public Radio

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