New Approach Missouri

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New Approach Missouri is the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri. It’s time to let doctors decide what’s best for patients – because providing medicine shouldn’t be a crime.


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Best Week

Our paid signature gathering campaign to place medical cannabis on the Missouri ballot will begin within the week, but that doesn't mean that our volunteers have slowed down at all. In fact, it appears that we just had our best week of signature collection yet!


That success can largely be attributed to the outstanding performance of volunteers in Kansas City at the Santa Cali Gon Days Festival this past weekend. When I last talked to lead KC Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Shockley, she was still counting the signatures, but she estimated the total from the event to be around 3,500!

Combined with the rest of the signatures from across the state, that will place the total for the week well above 5,000 signatures!

That is the sort of pace we hope to keep heading into the fall and the big push to finish out the petition drive. But we can't do it without your help. Can you contribute $10, $20, $50, or more now to maintain that momentum?

I just ordered 20,000 more petitions to get the paid petitioners started and restock our volunteers. That alone will cost nearly $6,500. You can help cover those costs by making a contribution now!

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As of late last week, we have officially raised more than $250k to place medical cannabis on the Missouri ballot in 2018! Because we hit that benchmark, we received $100k from Drug Policy Action, which is the political arm of the Drug Policy Alliance. In addition, New Approach PAC, an independent political action committee, is separately spending $100k in support of the initiative.

Accordingly, we will be able to begin paid signature collection imminently, and we intend to conclude the paid drive by early in the New Year -- well in advance of our May 6 deadline to submit signatures. However, to complete the petition drive, we will need to raise hundreds of thousands more and do it very quickly, as the cost of paid petitioning dramatically increases as more petitioner crews are staffed, trained, and hit the streets.

To that end, we hope to raise $15k online by the end of September. Help kick the petition drive into high gear and keep it there by contributing $15, $25, $50, or $100 now!

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Signature Leaders

I have now counted all our signatures from July, and as of the beginning of this month, our total stood at nearly 51,000 signatures to place medical cannabis on the ballot in Missouri!

The total for July was down from previous months, with just over 8,000 signatures turned in. I think that was largely driven by the record breaking heat near the end of the month, which made it not only difficult, but in some cases even dangerous to be outside collecting signatures for very long. So far August has proven far more mild, and we hope that trend will continue, so our volunteers can spend more time in the field.

These volunteers work week after week to give every Missourian the chance to vote on medical cannabis, but they can't get there on their own. Will you support them and our effort to bring medical cannabis to Missouri by contributing $10, $25, or $50 now? 


We want to give special acknowledgement to the ten outstanding volunteers who gathered the most signatures in July. A quick glance at the leaders indicate that the team in Springfield, led by Trish and Daryl Bertrand, did very well at the Ozark Empire Fair!

10. Kyle Kisner: 179
9. Jennifer Shockley: 222

8. Eva Petakovic: 223
7. Sarah Lango: 258
6. Lance Lenau: 273
5. Rita Yenarelli: 286
4. Damien Johnson: 588
3. Laird Wilcox: 771
2. Daryl Bertrand: 838
1. Trish Bertrand: 1,046

Combined, these petitioners accounted for more than half of the signatures collected last month! Help them continue their dedicated work by making a contribution of $10, $25, $50 or more now.
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Calendar of Events

Sep 17

St. Charles Happy Hour and Notary Event

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 03:00 PM


Help us legalize medical cannabis! Come get trained on how to volunteer to gather petition signatures!


Already have signatures? Get them notarized and join other New Approach Missouri volunteers for a bite to eat and a drink. Even if you only have a few, bring them by and join us this Sunday!


Want to sign the petition?  Stop by and sign, and bring your friends and family!  Hope to see you there.


This event occurs every Sunday.


Sep 17

St. Louis Petitioner Training and Notary Happy Hour

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 03:00 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks in St. Louis, MO

Help us legalize medical cannabis in Missouri!

Got signatures? Get them notarized and join other New Approach Missouri volunteers for a bite to eat and a drink.  Even if you only have a few, bring them by and join us this Sunday! 

Want to get signatures? Come by and we will train you to collect valid signatures to put medical cannabis on the ballot in 2018!

Want to sign the petition?  Stop by and sign!  Hope to see you there.


Sep 17

Lee's Summit Petitioner Training and Notary Event

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps

Captain's Sports Bar in Lee's summit, MO

Join us at Captain's Sports Bar for our weekly Sunday petitioner training and notary event in Lee's Summit, Missouri.


27909 E Colbern Rd

Lee's Summit, MO



Come learn how YOU can help legalize medical cannabis!


Get trained to circulate the petition, turn in completed petitions to be notarized, and/or pick up more supplies. You can also just stop in to sign the petition.


This event occurs every Sunday.