All three proposals would legalize and tax medical marijuana in the state. One of the three proposals was led by Dr. Brad Bradshaw. The proposal, known as Amendment 3 on the ballot, would place a sales tax on marijuana cultivators and dispensaries. The sales tax for cultivators would be $9.25 per ounce for flowers and $2.75 per ounce for marijuana leaves. Marijuana dispensaries would have a whopping 15 percent sales tax.
The funds acquired from taxing medical marijuana with Amendment 3 would be allocated for implementing a medical marijuana research institution and purchasing land for the institute. The aim of the research would be to seek cures for currently incurable diseases. The money would also be used for health care, income tax refunds, infrastructure, and public pensions.
The second proposal, known as Proposition C, would place a 2 percent sales tax on medical marijuana. The tax revenue generated would be allocated for veterans, drug treatment, early childhood development programs, and public safety.
The third medical marijuana proposal on the ballot, or Amendment 2, is backed by New Approach Missouri and would set the sales tax on marijuana at 4 percent. All of the tax revenue generated would be allocated for military veterans, and the proposal would also allow patients to grow their own medical marijuana. Amendment 2 is the only proposal that would allow patients to grow their own medicine.
Dr. Bradshaw, who is also a lawyer, is suing in an attempt to have the other two proposals removed from the ballot, but one of the cases was recently dismissed. Bradshaw's case against Amendment 2 and New Approach Missouri was thrown out by the judge last week. Bradshaw has filed an appeal for the dismissed case and his case against Proposition C is still in motion.
Bradshaw has invested more than $1 million of his own money into Amendment 3 and says that he will take the cases all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
A spokesman for New Approach, Jack Cardetti, was pleased about the decision handed down by the judge and defended Amendment 2. "Our patient and veteran-centered approach stands in stark contrast to Amendment 3 and Brad Bradshaw, who is a coalition of one that is in this strictly for himself," said Cardetti.
Both Amendment 2 and Proposition C would allow a physician to recommend medical marijuana to patients with debilitating conditions as they deem fit, which Bradshaw erroneously argues is tantamount to full legalization of the drug. Bradshaw's Amendment 3 would require patients to petition a medical marijuana research board to be considered for marijuana treatment.
If all three of the proposals were to pass, then the proposal with the most votes would win. The election is on Nov. 6.