Vote Yes on Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana

Vote Yes on Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana

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There are several important issues for all of us to consider on the upcoming November 6 ballot. Of particular importance to Missourians will be whether we decide to join 31 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the growing, processing, selling and using of cannabis (marijuana) for medical purposes. Missouri voters will be asked to consider three separate ballot measures that could alter the speed, timing and manner for which patients will be able to gain access to medical cannabis. I urge you to vote for the first option on the ballot, Amendment 2, as the most balanced approach for health care providers, industry participants and for the overall wellness of Missourians. The legalization of cannabis, at least for medical purposes, is inevitable. In 2017, revenues from state-regulated cannabis sales topped $8 billion and are forecast to surpass $15 billion annually by 2020. There have also been an estimated 120,000 jobs created in the U.S. as a result of this new industry. These economic benefits, including the accompanying tax revenue, will only increase. 300×250 image ad The stigma associated with cannabis use is quickly dissipating as well, as many begin to view the plant as a legitimate means to provide relief from medical conditions such as arthritis, appetite and weight loss often accompanying cancer and HIV/AIDS treatments, severe nausea, sickle cell anemia, post-traumatic stress disorder, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic pain associated with multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Polling shows that most Americans no longer believe cannabis use poses the dangers that some have suggested and that few of us buy into Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ assertion that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” The cannabis debate has a far-reaching and racist past. Previously dispensed by pharmacies in America, cannabis was outlawed 80 years ago through the efforts of […]

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