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Breaking Down Missouri's 3 Medical Marijuana Measures

There's a lot of money at stake with the three medical marijuana ballot measures facing Missouri voters next month.

October 19, 2018 - 4:33 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - All three medical marijuana measures in Missouri are polling well among voters, but what's the difference between the three?
 
Attorney and KMOX host Brad Young broke it all down Friday morning on Hancock and Kelley.

Each option taxes marijuana at different amounts, with proceeds going to different areas.

For instance, Brad Bradshaw's Amendment Three would generate $66 million through its 15 percent tax on marijuana, and it would grant Bradshaw "pot czar" powers.

All proceeds would go into a new Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute, which Bradshaw would lead.

"He's got a constitutional amendment on the ballot to give himself a new job, is really what it is," Young said.
 
Amendment Two has a lesser tax at 4 percent, and proceeds would go to veterans programs. It would grant oversight powers to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Amendment Two is the measure generally supported by most groups, Young said.
 
Proposition C would not change Missouri's Constitution - unlike the other two - and would generate about $10 million through a 2 percent tax on marijuana. Proceeds would go to a variety of areas, including veterans' services, drug treatment, education, and law enforcement.

If all three measures pass, Young says a constitutional amendment would take precedence over a statute, like Prop C.

And according to the Missouri Constitution, he says, if more than one constitutional amendment passes, the one with the most votes wins.

Listen to the entire interview here! Tune in about the 19-minute mark: