Exactly 30 days ago, Missouri voters overwhelmingly endorsed Amendment 2, and it officially becomes Article XVI of the Missouri Constitution today! The implementation timeline laid out in the amendment now kicks in, requiring the Department of Health and Senior Services to complete important tasks by specific dates:
- June 4: Release applications for patient cards and medical marijuana businesses.
- July 4: Begin accepting patient applications.
- August 3: Begin accepting applications for businesses.
- December 31: Must certify or deny applications received on August 31.
Implementation brings with it the opportunity to make Missouri’s medical marijuana program the best in the country, but there will be new challenges as well.
For instance, it often takes some time for doctors to adapt to the new program, so now is the ideal time to start talking to your physicians about their willingness to certify patients.
More alarmingly, the Department of Social Services is considering denying government benefits to medical marijuana patients. That’s because of a law prohibiting anyone who uses an illicit substance from receiving those transfers. However, medical marijuana will not be illegal for anyone possessing a patient card, and the amendment explicitly states that patients in compliance with the law shall not be subject to "arrest, criminal or civil liability, or sanctions under Missouri law."
The Department of Social Services has not made any formal decision yet, so help us remind them that Amendment 2 is the will of nearly two-thirds of Missouri voters, and they cannot deny people services simply because they are patients! Add your name to the online petition here to send a message to the department, and then please share this alert with your friends on social media.
Finally, help us continue to advocate on behalf of patients during implementation by contributing $100, $50, or $25 now. We won a resounding victory last month, but taking the words of Amendment 2 and turning them into an active medical marijuana program will require continued vigilance and support. Contribute now!
On this Giving Tuesday, we are thankful for your support of New Approach Missouri. Together, we brought medical marijuana to Missouri patients and veterans. This victory would not have been possible if it wasn’t for you.
We are especially thankful that Amendment 2 was the only medical marijuana amendment that passed -- with an overwhelming two-thirds of the vote. In fact, it received more votes than anything else on the ballot and passed in more than 90 of the state's 114 counties.
Thanks to that historic victory, we already see change. The Jackson County prosecutor announced the week after the election that she will no longer prosecute simple marijuana possession cases because of the overwhelming results of Amendment 2.
We are also thankful that the Department of Health and Senior Services appears committed to implementing Amendment 2 and has already started putting out information about it like a rollout timeline and answers to frequent questions.
But there is still more that needs to be done. By chipping in $100, $50, or $25 this Giving Tuesday, you’ll help us ensure the Department of Health and Senior Services enacts Amendment 2 efficiently and as intended by the overwhelming majority of voters.
Missouri is off to a good start, but your support will ensure that we are able to help with every stage of implementation. Donate now →
Thank you for your continued support.
On Tuesday, we passed Amendment 2, making Missouri the 32nd medical marijuana state. Almost as important, we defeated Brad Bradshaw's Amendment 3 and showed that a grassroots coalition can prevail over a single wealthy donor seeking power for himself.
And we won these victories in extremely convincing fashion. Amendment 2 received support from nearly two thirds of Missouri voters, with 65% casting a ballot for it. The results for Amendment 3 look like a mirror image of our success, with 68% of voters repudiating it. We won more votes on Tuesday night than anything else on the ballot in Missouri, making medical marijuana more popular than either Senate candidate, ethics reform, bingo, or the minimum wage!
On behalf of all the New Approach Missouri staff and board members, thank you to everyone who voted for Amendment 2 and a special thanks to those of you who donated or volunteered some of your time to gather signatures, work the polls on Tuesday, or distribute campaign literature to your friends and neighbors. This campaign would not have been possible without the hard work of hundreds of ordinary Missourians who believed they could make a difference and made that dream a reality.
We still need your help today, as we must pay our staff and other final expenses. Can you contribute $100, $50, $25, or $10 now to help with these last minute costs?
Finally, if you have questions about the amendment and its implementation, I encourage you to attend the Fall Missouri Cannabis Conference this Saturday at the Arts and Sciences Building on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. New Approach Missouri general consultant and spokesperson Jack Cardetti and I will both speak about the campaign. You can find more information on the event and the many other great speakers here. We hope to see you there!