For immediate release: September 22, 2016
Contact: Stephanie Fleming, (573) 526-0949
Kander Statement on Cole County Circuit Court Order
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today released the following statement related to the Cole County Circuit Court’s order in relation to Petition 2016-135:
“After yesterday’s Court ruling, the initiative petition related to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes will not be on the ballot in November. Local election authorities from across the state did their due diligence verifying and counting the signatures, and as the Court agreed, the initiative petition fell just short.
While supporters of this important proposal can try to put it on the ballot again in two years, I believe it is time for the state legislature to step up. The Missouri General Assembly should pass legislation to allow medical marijuana so Missouri families that could greatly benefit from it don’t have to watch their loved ones continue suffering. If the legislature is not willing to do that, they should at least put the measure on the ballot themselves in 2018 to give Missouri voters the opportunity to decide on this issue.”
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