Aug 9, 2022

 

JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians will vote Nov. 8 on full legalization of marijuana.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, announced Tuesday that the campaign to place a legalization question on the ballot indeed collected enough signatures for voters to weigh in this fall, despite unofficial reports from counties last month indicating the effort would fall short.

The announcement sets Missouri up to become the 20th state to fully legalize cannabis, if a majority of voters approve — a change that would generate millions of dollars for state coffers while automatically expunging the records of nonviolent marijuana offenders.

“Missourians are more than ready to end the senseless and costly prohibition of marijuana,” John Payne, campaign manager for Legal Missouri 2022, said in a statement celebrating the question making the ballot.

Jack Suntrup

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