A group backing a proposed medical marijuana ballot measure seems to be done fighting to get the issue on November’s general election ballot. A statement from New Approach Missouri says the issue likely won’t appear on the November ballot.
Supporters have been fighting to get about 2,200 signatures overturned that have been considered invalid. New Approach Missouri spokesman Jack Cardetti says Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green wants to require that all signatures appear on a sheet that lists the signer’s correct county in the upper right-hand corner.
A final ruling is expected as early as Wednesday, but Cardetti says that’s not enough time for other possible appeals. September 27 is the deadline for Secretary of State Jason Kander to decide if the issue should go on the ballot.
The measure would ask Missourians if physicians should be able to recommend medical marijuana for patients battling illnesses like cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
Opponents of the lawsuit say trying to bypass constitutional requirements is like trying to bypass Missouri voters. Some also say legalizing marijuana for recreational use is the true intent of the measure.