DAVID ROSMAN: It's time to join 30 states and legalize medical marijuana

DAVID ROSMAN: It’s time to join 30 states and legalize medical marijuana

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With less than a month until the general midterm election, we have another set of initiatives to consider on the ballot. It has been a while since Missouri seriously considered a marijuana issue on the ballot or in the legislature. Now we have three. I have never been a big fan of the legalization of marijuana, believing that the intake of nicotine found in cannabis is as lethal as tobacco. However, we have long lost the war on drugs and marijuana and have incarcerated far too many for the nonviolent crime of simple possession. It is time that Missouri joins the 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. On Nov. 6, you will have three initiatives concerning marijuana to consider: Two are constitutional amendments and one is a change in statute. The confusion comes from the fact that you can vote "yes" on all three. They did not coordinate the measures for your consideration. For a good breakdown of the proposed law and two amendments, please visit Molly Nagel’s excellent graphic of Sept. 26, 2018 . It clearly shows some of the differences in the three ballot issues and how they tend to contradict each other in terms of taxes and scope. The New Approach Missouri Amendment 2 is very specific as to what diseases would be covered under the new amendment: "One of ten specified medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, chronic pain, PTSD and Parkinson’s." The other two do not have such restrictions. New Approach has the lower tax of the two amendments at 4 percent. As a positive, New Approach is the only initiate that would permit patients to grow their own marijuana for personal use only and not for resale, paying a $100 licensing fee. Amendment 3 is sponsored by […]

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