Missouri medical marijuana advocates push proposals for 2016 ballot

A marijuna plant | Courtesy of Brett Levin/Flickr
Courtesy of Brett Levin/Flickr

Two competing proposals, both trying to legalize medical marijuana, are looking to get onto Missouri’s ballot in 2016.

New Approach Missouri, which has the backing of Show-Me Cannabis, proposes allowing doctors to recommend marijuana to patients with relevant medical conditions. The group estimates around 75 cultivation facilities could be licensed across the state, and the proposal includes a 4 percent tax on top of other sales taxes.

The extra tax money would be used to help fund veteran’s services throughout the state. The proposal would also allow patients to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.

Missouri Research’s plan is a little different, proposing a 75 percent tax that would go toward medical research, as well as a 10 percent wholesale tax. The proposal also uses pharmacists as dispensers, instead of cultivation facilities, and doesn’t include the allowance of home-growing.

Twenty-three states currently allow medical marijuana, and advocates in Missouri point to growing bipartisan support around the issue.

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