MISSOURI OFFICIALLY LEGALIZES MEDICAL MARIJUANA
- November 7, 2018
Over the course of several years, we have witnessed some pretty spectacular changes in the United States, all due to the influence of the little green plant called marijuana. Since 2016, more and more states have voiced support for this mind-altering herb, and 2018 has been a particularly significant year for several members of our country. Now, after a nail-biting election and a particularly bizarre ballot, the State of Missouri has officially legalized medical marijuana. On Tuesday night, voters officially approved Amendment 2, allowing the Show-Me-State to show its stuff to America. However, the cannabis community of Missouri is looking to lawmakers and wondering what could happen next for the little plant. Now that medical marijuana is legal, does this mean more freedom or tighter restrictions? Let’s take a closer look at the results of the Missouri election.
Keep in mind that, during this particular election, Missouri boasted one of the strangest ballots to date. Ultimately, voters had a choice between altering the state constitution in favor of the drug (Amendment 2) or hiking marijuana taxes into the stratosphere (Amendment 3). Likewise, voters also struggled over Proposition C, which would allow doctors to prescribe the drug. What to do?
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, voters officially approved Amendment 2 by 61% of the total vote, while the other two amendments completely failed. According to statistics, Amendment 3 (the tax issue) failed a staggering 30% (yes) to 68% (no), while Proposition C plummeted by 41% (yes) to 58% (no). Officials happily confirmed that Missouri experienced a massive voter turnout of 54%.
Regardless of this law, however, residents will still have to endure strict regulations on medical cannabis and may have to wait a while before they receive their first shipment. According to the initiative, Missouri can set monthly sales limits to patients (less than 4 ounces of flowers), but a note from a doctor can increase this limit. Once the law is finalized, doctors can prescribe medical marijuana to patients who meet qualifications for 10 illnesses including Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, chronic pain, and cancer.
Medical dispensaries will be accepting patients on June 4, 2018. Missouri will also be accepting dispensary applications by August 3, 2019.
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