Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2014)

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The Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative did not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Missouri as an initiated state statute. The measure would have legalized the production, distribution, sale, possession and consumption of marijuana for people aged twenty-one or older and the manufacture of hemp-based commodities.[1]

Attorney Dan Viets of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) filed ten initiative measures for public comment with the Office of the Secretary of State. He said all ten were basically the same, but differed in the number of marijuana plants someone can grow or the quantity of processed marijuana one can possess.[2]

Support

The State Director of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Dan Viets, filed the initiatives petitions.[3]

Path to the ballot

see also: Laws governing the initiative process in Missouri

The supporting group had until May 4, 2014 to turn in the required amount of valid signatures. Missouri law states that signatures for initiated state statutes must be obtained from registered voters equal to five percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts. This amounts to a minimum of 98,618 valid signatures, depending on which districts signatures are gathered from.[4]

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