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Medical Marijuana: Missouri's 3 ballot measures explained

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( - Three different measures on the November ballot could make Missouri the 32nd state to legalize medical marijuana.

There are differences between all three, which can be confusing.

If voters approve any one of the measures, the sale of medical marijuana would be legal in Missouri. The biggest difference between the three is how much marijuana will be taxed and how the money will be used.





New Approach Missouri         Find the Cures                       Missourians for Patient Care     
Home Cultivation
Up to 6 plantsNot specifiedProhibited
Sales Tax
Estimated Annual Government Revenue
$24 Million$66 Million$10 Million
Estimated Annual Government Costs
$7 Million$500,000$10 Million


John Payne with “New Approach Missouri” says Amendment 2 puts a four percent tax on marijuana, which is expected to generate $24 million a year for the state and local governments.

“Our proposal has a relatively low four percent tax on medical marijuana and it would go toward regulating the program itself and would support Missouri veterans with revenues that are left over after that,” said Payne.


Amendment 3, which is proposed by Springfield attorney Brad Bradshaw, puts a 15 percent tax on the sale of retail medical marijuana and a tax on the wholesale of marijuana flowers and leaves. 50 percent of the revenue would fund a medical research center.

“It will create tens of thousands of new jobs, create over a billion dollars of economic impact in the state and it will go for income tax refunds eventually as the profits from the cancer research as more and more research is developed,” said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw would serve as the chairman for a board that would run the new research center.

“It’s important to have a person on the board that can activate laws and get them rolling immediately, so you don’t have to wait years like other states,” said Bradshaw.


The third proposal is Proposition C, a two percent tax on medical marijuana, with revenues being used for veteran services, drug treatment and early childhood education.

“Prop C includes local licensing authority, local support for first responders, public safety fire and police,” said Travis Brown with a group that support Prop C.

Unlike the other two ballot measures, Proposition C is not a constitutional amendment.

But what if more than one of the amendments pass?

According to a Missouri law, if voters were to approve both amendments, the amendment that received the largest affirmative vote would pass. 

It is unclear, however, what would happen if both an amendment and a statute were to pass in the same election. 

Click here to take a quiz to find out which ballot measure you should or should not vote for. 

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