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Group now pushing for marijuana legalization

Fresh off of a victory for medical marijuana activists, a campaign group is now trying to take Missouri one step further and legalize marijuana through a ballot initiative.

Missourians for a New Approach announced that it’s collecting signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.

According to a campaign official, the group will need about 170,000 signatures from registered voters.

“We’re basically getting petitions in people’s hands right now,” John Payne, the campaign manager for Missourians for a New Approach, said. “And then by May 3 we have to submit valid signatures to the (Missouri) Secretary of State’s office, and those have to be distributed across six of the eight congressional districts.”

Payne said his group plans to have a website up and running with the initiative language within a day or two.

If passed by voters, the initiative would become a constitutional amendment. The same process was used to pass medical marijuana in the state.

Payne said using an initiative effectively bypasses the state legislature, though the assembly could pass a concurrent resolution to place a modified initiative on the ballot.

“The exciting thing about this process is that citizens can actually go and write a law,” Payne said.  [Read More @ News-Press Now]

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