The cannabis law reform movement has officially exploded into the United States with measures recently being approved by voters in Oregon, Alaska, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territory of Guam. Marijuana advocacy campaigns in many states have declared intentions to seek legalization through voter ballot initiatives during the presidential election in 2016. Now, Missouri has joined that list of legal marijuana hopefuls.
Last week, Show-Me Cannabis, an advocacy group in Missouri, reportedly filed a petition with the Missouri Secretary of State, which had to contain 165,000 signatures supporting a legalization amendment being placed on the state-wide ballot in November 2016. Now, the Show-Me Cannabis organization and effort supporters must wait while the petition is reviewed and verified.
The proposed ballot amendment would legalize and regulate marijuana for adults aged twenty-one years and older. This measure also includes the development of a medical marijuana program.
Voters who may not be sold on the idea of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, may be able to see the upside to the tax revenue and job creation that this industry would bring to the state. For example, in September 2014, the state of Colorado reportedly collected $6,664,654 in marijuana tax revenue, and in May of 2014, the industry had already created ten thousand new jobs in the state. Very few people disagree with creating jobs and stimulating an increase in state tax revenue.
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