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Voters say yes to marijuana, minimum wage

November 9, 2018—Missouri voters went to the polls Tuesday, passing one of the three ballot measures allowing the use of medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana

According to information provided by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Amendment 2 which allows the use of medical marijuana passed with 65.5 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Sponsored by New Approach Missouri, Amendment 2 calls for a four percent on the retail sale of medical marijuana with funds from the tax going to health and care services for military veterans.

Calling it a historic day, Jack Cardetti, spokesman of New Approach Missouri, said his organization wishes to thank the thousands of volunteers who worked to pass the amendment.

“In becoming the 31st state to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with serious and debilitating illnesses, Missourians showed that increasing health care treatment options for patients and supporting veterans are bipartisan Missouri values,” he said.

Minimum Wage

Missouri voters also passed Proposition B, which will raise the current minimum wage to $12 per hour by the year 2023. The first raise to $8.60 will occur in January.

Prop B passed with 62.3 percent of the vote. Carl Walz, campaign manager of Raise Up Missouri, which ran the campaign to pass Prop B, said the it will add more than $1 billion to Missouri’s economy.

“Republicans, Independents and Democrats from across Missouri turned out to help workers, businesses and the state’s economy by voting to raise the minimum wage,” Walz said in a prepared statement. “Today’s strong show of support sends a clear message that Missourians believe that no one who works full time should have to live in poverty and struggle just to raise their family and that it is well past time to give low-wage Missouri workers a raise.”

Clean Missouri

Amendment 1, known as the Clean Missouri act, changes the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment.

Amendment 1 changes the redrawing of districts from a commission made up of eight Democrats and eight Republicans to a non-partisan individual. 

Amendment 1 will also change limits on campaign contributions that candidates for state legislature can accept from individuals or entities. Amendment 1 will limit an individual’s campaign contribution on an election cycle to $2,500 to a state Senate candidate and $2,000 to a House candidate. Missouri election officials and their employees will also ban the acceptance of gift over the value of $5 by lobbyists.

Amendment 1 passed with 62 percent of Missouri’s vote.

Bingo

Amendment 4, which would lower the required time a member must be with an organization before assisting with a charitable bingo game, also passed with 52.4 percent of the Missouri vote.

The President of the Association of Charitable Games of Missouri, Thomas Murphy, said the amendment will lower the required time of membership from two years to six months.

“(The passing of Amendment 4) shows that the voters of Missouri understood the importance of Amendment 4,” he said. “By passing, it now allows a person who has been a member of an organization for 6 months can start helping their Charitable organizations. This will save a lot of the bingos in the state.”

Other Medical Marijuana Measures

Two other medical marijuana measures failed Tuesday night. Amendment 3, which would have imposed a 15 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana with funds going toward cancer research, failed by 68.6 percent of the vote. Springfield physician and attorney Brad Bradshaw sponsored the amendment that contains a list of medical diagnoses that can only be modified by a member of a board containing licensed physicians, pharmacists or those who possess a Ph.D. in a science related field.

Proposition C would have imposed a 2 percent tax on the retail sale of medical marijuana. These funds would have been directed toward veterans’ services, drug treatment, early childhood education and for public safety in cities with a medical marijuana facility. Prop C failed with 56.5 percent of the vote being cast against it.

Fuel Tax

Proposition D, which proposed an increase to the state’s motor fuel tax by 10 cents from 17 cents per gallon in increments of 2.5 cents each year over four years, bringing the state fuel tax to 27 cents per gallon, failed by 53.6 percent.

According to Molly McGovern, Excelsior Springs city manager, when fully implemented, the increase would have provided approximately $174,000 per year to Excelsior Springs for road construction and maintenance.

By Kimberely Blackburn • kimberely@leaderpress.com

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One Response to Voters say yes to marijuana, minimum wage

  1. DAN Reply

    November 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    So much for the road and bridge maintenance and improvements!

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