US: Criticism of Missouri medical cannabis system seeps into initiative petition debate

A handful of Republican lawmakers lashed out at the state’s medical cannabis industry, lobbing accusations of corruption into a Missouri House debate over whether to make it harder to amend the state’s Constitution. 

On a mostly party-line 98-53 vote, the Missouri House signed off on legislation that would require a two-thirds vote of the people to amend the state Constitution. Currently, it takes a simple majority vote.
It would also increase the number of signatures required to put a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in the first place. 

The legislation still has to win passage in the Missouri Senate, and would then be placed on either the August or November ballot later this year for voter approval. 

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