US: Missouri cannabis legalization initiative will appear on November ballot

Missouri officials on Tuesday, the 9th of August, announced that an initiative to legalize cannabis will appear on the state’s November ballot. While early reporting from county officials had signaled that the campaign was coming up short on signatures in key congressional districts, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (R) has now certified that activists indeed turned in enough valid petitions to place the cannabis reform measure before voters.

“I encourage Missourians to study and educate themselves on any ballot initiative,” Ashcroft said in a press release. “Initiative 2022-059 that voters will see on the November ballot is particularly lengthy and should be given careful consideration.”

Legal Missouri 2022 submitted about 400,000 signatures for a legalization initiative in May. They needed to reach a signature threshold in at least six of the state’s eight congressional districts to make the ballot, and it initially appeared that they were falling behind in two of those districts.

The campaign, for its part, said it had been actively reviewing the results from local officials to check for errors and was confident they would end up qualifying.

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