Minimum wage, medical cannabis measures approved for Missouri ballot

When Missourians go to the polls in November, they will vote on medical cannabis legalization, a proposed minimum wage increase and ethics reform for elected officials.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft approved five initiative petitions Thursday, certifying that they had received the signatures necessary to appear on the ballot. Any legal challenge to that certification must be filed within 10 days.

The measures approved include three medical cannabis petitions, one petition to increase Missouri’s minimum wage to $12 by 2023 and one ethics petition.

Medical cannabis

Three petitions allowing for medical cannabis use were approved, all proposing various taxes on marijuana sales.

One petition proposes a 15 percent tax on cannabis sales, and putting the funds toward establishing and maintaining a state institute to research cures and treatments for cancer and other incurable diseases and conditions.

A second medical cannabis petition proposes a 4 percent tax on marijuana sales to fund health and care services for military veterans, as well as the regulation of medical cannabis.

The third medical cannabis petition proposes a 2 percent tax on marijuana sales to fund veterans’ services, drug treatment, early childhood education and public safety.

Minimum wage

The minimum wage petition proposes increasing the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour, eventually reaching $12 per hour in 2023, through 85 cent increases each year.

Ethics reform

The ethics reform petition proposes a $5 limit on gifts from lobbyists to politicians. It proposes a $2,500 campaign contribution limit for individuals running for Missouri Senate, and $2,000 for individuals running for the Missouri House of Representatives.

For the purpose of addressing redistricting, the petition proposes establishing a position of “non-partisan state demographer.”

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