Breaking Down Missouri's Three Cannabis Initiatives

This November Missouri has three cannabis initiatives up for vote, and we at Hempsley want to help you understand the differences between those initiatives.

Amendment 2

  • Also known as New Approach Missouri

  • An amendment changes the Missouri Constitution

  • Funded by private donors

  • Regulated by Missouri Department of Health and Human

  • Tax Rate: 4% sales tax

  • Tax Revenue Recipients: Missouri Veterans Commission

  • Regulated by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

  • Allows doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for conditions, such as glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy, etc., or if you take prescription drugs for a medical condition that may lead to dependence and your doctor deems it an effective and safer option

  • Purchase Limit: 4 ounces every 30 days

  • Allows for the growth of cannabis at home

  • Counties cannot prohibit licensed cannabis facilities within their boundaries

Amendment 3

  • Also known as the Bradshaw Amendment

  • An amendment changes the Missouri Constitution

  • Funded by Brad Bradshaw himself

  • Regulated by The Research Board, a new organization with nine appointed members who would oversee the medical marijuana that would reside at the Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute

  • Tax Rate: 15% sales tax

  • Tax Revenue Recipients: Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute

  • Allows doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for conditions, such as glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy, etc., or any medical condition that The Research Board deems will benefit from medical marijuana

  • Purchase Limit: 3 ounces every 30 days

  • Does not allow for the growth of cannabis at home

  • Counties can request a 5-year exclusion exception

Proposition C

  • Also known as the Missouri Patient Care Act

  • A proposition changes the Missouri Statues

  • Funded by private donors

  • Regulated by The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

  • Tax Rate: 2% sales tax

  • Tax Revenue Recipients: Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

  • Allows doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for conditions, such as glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy, etc., or if you take prescription drugs for a medical condition that may lead to dependence and your doctor deems it an effective and safer option

  • Purchase Limit: 2.5 ounces every 14 days

  • Does not allow for the growth of cannabis at home

  • Counties can prohibit licensed cannabis companies by a two thirds majority vote

As a side note, you can vote YES on all three of the initiatives. If all three pass, certain components of each initiative will be integrated into a single amendment. An amendment takes precedent over a statue, so more components from amendments are likely to be integrated. This is just something to keep in mind if you do not agree with a component of any of the initiatives. The ultimate goal is to push for some form of medical legalization in the state of Missouri, and a system that can safely get its' patients their medicine.

This article was written by Vinnie DeBono with information from Justin McDaniel and Lana Henny. It was published on October 12, 2018. Copyright © 2018 Hempsley, All Rights Reserved