Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced two initiative petitions relating to personal and medical marijuana use which met state standards for circulation.

The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-110 reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to remove all State prohibitions against personal use of cannabis (marijuana) by anyone over 18; for all ages upon a licensed physician’s recommendation but still require parental consent for those under 21; remove any state organ transplant restrictions from cannabis use; remove cannabis from Missouri’s list of Controlled Substances; release everyone incarcerated only for non-violent cannabis-only offenses, and destroy all state civil and criminal records only for non-violent cannabis-only offenses; and prohibit Missouri assisting enforcement of federal cannabis offenses?

This proposal is estimated to result in annual state cost savings of $10 million. Annual state operating costs are estimated to increase by $600,000 to $1 million. Local law enforcement costs could increase.

The official ballot title for initiative petition 2018-115 reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to remove all State prohibitions against personal use of cannabis (marijuana) by anyone over 18; for all ages upon a licensed physician’s recommendation but still require parental consent for those under 21, but prohibit prosecution for consenting to child consumption; remove any state organ transplant restrictions from cannabis use; remove cannabis from Missouri’s list of Controlled Substances; release everyone incarcerated only for non-violent cannabis-only offenses, and destroy all state civil and criminal records only for non-violent cannabis-only offenses; and prohibit Missouri assisting enforcement of federal cannabis offenses?

This proposal is estimated to result in annual state cost savings of $10 million. Annual state operating costs are estimated to increase by $600,000 to $1 million. Local law enforcement costs could increase.





The petitions, which would amend Article IV of the Missouri Constitution, were submitted by Damien Johnson, 4033 Pennsylvania, St. Louis, MO 63118.

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2018 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2016 governor’s election from six of the state’s eight congressional districts.

Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2018 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2018.

Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the secretary of state and attorney general. The secretary of state then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words, and the state auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the attorney general. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.