Voters in Missouri approved at least one of three medical marijuana measures that were on the state’s ballot on Tuesday.
Amendment 2, constitutional amendment allowing medical cannabis was passed with a margin of 66% to 34%. Under this new law, qualified individuals who have approval from their physicians received ID cards from the state allowing them as well astheir approved caregivers to grow as many as 6 plants and purchase at least 4 ounces of cannabis on a monthly basis from dispensaries. Physicians will endorse medical cannabis for conditions they see fit; there is no specific list of disorders qualifying. In addition, the regulators for the state will issue licenses for dispensaries of medical marijuana as well as businesses that cultivate, test and infuse the product.
There is a 4% retail tax on the sales of medical cannabis, with revenue being saved for services to military vets once regulation as well as costs of implementation is covered.
Another constitutional change proposed on the mid-term ballot, was Amendment 3 that would have allowed doctors to commend medical marijuana for a list of specific illnesses or problems and would not have allowed cultivation at home. That lost by a margin of 31% to 69%. Taxes on retail sales on medical cannabis with this proposal would have been a higher rate of 15% andmoney being used to fundresearch into treatments and cures for cancer and other diseases.
A 3rdmeasure was on the ballot, Proposition C, a proposed change, failed as well, by a margin of 44% to 56%. It would have taxed medical cannabis sales at 2% and allowed recommendations for a list of specific conditions.
That makes one more state in the United States that has approved the use of medical marijuana. Currently there are 23 states that have approved its use – this makes 24. These votes have been going on for 20 years with many feeling that soon there will not be any state that doesn’t approve of marijuana as medicine in some way.