Missouri Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana
By Amanda Froelich
On Tuesday, voters in the southern state approved at least one of three medical marijuana measures which appeared on the ballot. Amendment 2, a Constitutional amendment to allow medical cannabis, passed with a 66 percent vote. As a result, patients who seek to acquire the natural medicine will soon have access to it.
Forbes reports that under the new law, qualified patients and their registered caregivers can grow up to six marijuana plants, as well as purchase at least four ounces of herb each month from licensed dispensaries. Because there is no specific list for qualifying disorders, doctors may recommend medical marijuana as they see fit.
“Thanks to the unflagging efforts of patients and advocates, Missourians who could benefit from medical marijuana will soon be able to use it without fear of being treated like criminals,” said Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “We hope lawmakers will implement the measure efficiently and effectively to ensure qualified patients can gain access to their medicine as soon as possible.”
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Licenses are to be issued to medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation facilities and testing, and for infused product manufacturing businesses. The state will tax medical marijuana by four percent. The revenue will be allotted to services for military veterans once implementation and regulation costs are paid for.
“There is near-universal support in the U.S. for providing seriously ill patients with legal access to medical cannabis,” added Schweich of MPP. “Most voters, regardless of their age, geographic location, or political persuasion recognize the medical benefits of marijuana and believe it should be available to those who can benefit from it. Now that more than 30 states have enacted comprehensive medical marijuana laws, it is time for Congress to step up and address the issue at the federal level.”
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