Medical marijuana will make its first appearance on Missouri ballots

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 02 2018 Aug 2, 2018 Thursday, August 02, 2018 3:13:00 PM CDT August 02, 2018 in News
By: Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft signed off on three medical marijuana petitions Thursday that will show up on Missouri's midterm elections. This is the first time medical marijuana will appear on the Missouri ballots.

Two of the amendments would change Missouri's constitution to allow for medical marijuana use, creating regulations and licensing for marijuana and marijuana facilities.

The difference between them is the percent of taxes collected on medical marijuana sales and what the tax generated funds from medical marijuana sales would benefit.

The first proposed amendment, petition number 2018-041, would impose a 15 percent retail tax and a tax on medical marijuana facilities buying wholesale supplies.

The estimated income for that amendment one is $66 million, which would fund the establishment of a state research institute for developing cures and treatments for cancer and other incurable disease.

The second proposed amendment, petition number 2018-051, would impose a four percent retail tax and no wholesale tax.

It's expected to generate about $24 million annually and cost $7 million. The funds would go towards health care and other services for military veterans in Missouri. Tax generated funds would also go to administering a program to license and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities. 

The third option on the ballot, petition number 2018-271, is an amendment to Missouri statutes. 

State government estimates a two percent retail tax would generate at least $10 million. The funds generated would go to veteran's services, drug treatment, early childhood education and public safety initiatives in cities with a medical marijuana facility.

Attorney Bill Tackett said the difference between having an amendment to the constitution and an amendment to a statute is based on the number of votes it takes to get either option passed.

It takes a higher percentage of signatures to get a petition for a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

Tackett said historically it's harder to get people to vote to change the constitution because of the looming prominence of the constitution.

"Nobody really wants the constitution to change, unless there's some real big need to do it," Tackett said.

The specific language of the proposed amendments is up for legal challenge for 10 days.

Voters can vote yes to all three options if they choose. 

Both proposed constitutional amendments could pass, but Tackett said the amendment with the majority of votes will prevail. 

If either constitutional amendment passes and the statutory amendment also passes it is assumed in court the constitutional amendment trumps the statutory option, Tackett said.

He said amendments to the constitution or state statutes often times are as important, if not more important, than the actual election. 

"It's something you have to focus on very heavily because there was a ton of politics that went on before that thing hit your ballot," Tackett said.

The secretary of state will issue a final certification of the November general election ballot no later than Aug. 28.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - In the state of Missouri, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated residents are unable to vote. There is... More >>
11 minutes ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 9:42:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - When snow falls in mid-Missouri, the sounds of shovels scraping across the driveway mean freedom to Larry Shinn.... More >>
20 minutes ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 9:33:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Five Jefferson City teenagers went to a party Friday night. By the end of the night, most... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 8:13:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Most former felons in Missouri who were convicted of nonviolent crimes would get their right to... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 5:20:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Stephen Sokoloff, a Missouri special prosecutor, has completed his investigation into the Fulton police shooting death of... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 4:51:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is investigating an incident in which a Columbia Police patrol vehicle was struck by... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 4:27:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Before classes had even begun, a judge stood in front of Justin's law school class to tell them... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 3:35:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested a man after a stabbing by the Columbia Post Office on Monday. Police arrested... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 3:26:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new Missouri House bill would prohibit organizations like the NCAA from preventing student-athletes from receiving compensation... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 2:38:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The city's big plans for Columbia Regional Airport (COU) got a shot in the arm Friday with the... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 2:19:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers will once again try to pass a bill to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 12:02:00 PM CST February 24, 2020 in News
Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anxiety disorders are the most common type... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 11:28:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
(CNN) -- Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 10:59:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - House Representatives talked Monday about health care for children who are eligible for the MO HealthNet. ... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, February 24 2020 Feb 24, 2020 Monday, February 24, 2020 10:22:00 AM CST February 24, 2020 in News
BRUNSWICK - After a year of record-breaking flooding, neighbors in Brunswick hope they don't see a repeat this summer. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:22:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in News
LINN - A lot of the times it's hard to know the affect you'll have on someone until after it's... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:08:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in Sports
BOONVILLE — Community members in Boonville gathered Sunday in support of moving the Boonslick Regional Library (BRL) Cooper County Branch... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 6:15:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will celebrate the 150th anniversary of... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 23 2020 Feb 23, 2020 Sunday, February 23, 2020 5:23:00 PM CST February 23, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 42°
10pm 41°
11pm 41°
12am 40°
1am 40°