Missouri November Election Ballot Measure – Amendment 2
The November 6th Missouri Election Ballot has seven statewide ballot measures. Three of those have to do with Medical Marijuana. In an effort to help you understand the ballot measures, KCHI brings you both the official ballot language and the Fair Ballot Language, which is meant to provide a more clear explanation of the issue
Amendment 2 – A constitutional amendment to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes
Official Ballot Title:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
- allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and create regulations and licensing/certification procedures for marijuana and marijuana facilities;
- impose a 4 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana; and
- use funds from these taxes for health and care services for military veterans by the Missouri Veterans Commission and to administer the program to license/certify and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities?
This proposal is estimated to generate annual taxes and fees of $18 million for state operating costs and veterans programs, and $6 million for local governments. Annual state operating costs are estimated to be $7 million.
Fair Ballot Language:
A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes under state laws. This amendment does not change federal law, which makes marijuana possession, sale and cultivation a federal offense. This amendment creates regulations and licensing procedures for medical marijuana and medical marijuana facilities — dispensary, cultivation, testing and marijuana-infused product manufacturing facilities. This amendment creates licensing fees for such facilities. This amendment will impose a 4 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana for medical purposes by dispensary facilities. The funds from the license fees and tax will be used by the Missouri Veterans Commission for health and care services for military veterans, and by the Department of Health and Senior Services to administer the program to license/certify and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities.
A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution as to the use of marijuana.
If passed, this measure will impose a 4 percent retail sales tax on marijuana for medical purposes.