Today Missourians took a huge step forward by becoming the 20th state to legalize marijuana for adult use. Missouri also made history by being the first state in the nation to automatically expunge past, nonviolent marijuana offenses by a vote of the people.
This enormous step forward for criminal justice reform will result in hundreds of thousands of Missourians having their records cleared, at no cost to them, for an activity that is now legal.
Missouri will see millions in new revenue pour in each year for veterans’ health care, drug treatment, and our severely underfunded public defender’s office.
Today’s vote immediately puts an end to nearly 20,000 arrests each year for minor marijuana violations, freeing up vital law enforcement resources to fight serious and violent crime.
I want to personally thank the army of volunteers and supporters who made Missouri legalization and expungement a reality. It’s been a long time coming and we live in a better state for it.
- John Payne, Campaign Manager, Legal Missouri 2022
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