Missouri Amendment 3 2022: legalizing marijuana use for leisure, Soon, Missouri citizens will be allowed to consume marijuana recreationally without a prescription.
The Legal Missouri 2022 Amendment 3 was adopted by the electorate. 53% of people favored the measure.
With 65% of the vote, Missouri authorized the use of medicinal marijuana four years prior to the referendum on Amendment 3.
On Tuesday, John Payne, the director of the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign, spoke during a celebration watch party in Ballpark Village, St. Louis.
Missouri Amendment 3 2022
“The outcome of this campaign hung in the balance so many times. And we weren’t sure if we would survive.
But the reason we succeeded was due of the individuals in this room and others who were jubilant around the state, Payne added.
Legal Millions were spent in the campaign by Missouri 2022.
Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas city, and the NAACP in St. Louis backed the effort to adopt the amendment.
Gov. Mike Parson, the Missouri NAACP, and St. Louis Mayor Tishuara Jones were among of its prominent opponents.
The Need of Missouri Amendment 3
Tanisha Patterson, who was present at the viewing party, asserted that she thinks the state has long needed the legalization of recreational marijuana.
“This means more money coming in, access for all patients, and financing for services that need it.
It signals new development, potential, and creativity in a field that has no end, according to Patterson.
The amendment will allow non-medical users to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana while allowing medical users to possess up to 6 ounces.
Fines for public
So placing restrictions on possession, the law still permits the imposition of fines for public smoking.
Because of the phrase referring to criminal justice reform, Bonnie Boime, who attended the watch party but does not consume marijuana, supported the amendment.
It implies that fewer individuals will be imprisoned and that law enforcement may concentrate on serious crimes.
Additionally, it will present chances for individuals who have convictions since they will be able to have those convictions expunged.
For financial 2024, the state judiciary has already submitted a financial request of almost $4.5 million to cover these increased needs.
Payne said that the expungement procedure provides a justification for voters to support the amendment prior to the election.
This will provide hundreds of thousands of Missourians who have committed nonviolent marijuana infractions a chance to start over, according to Payne.
Ashley Bland Manlove opposed Amendment 3
Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove, a Democrat from Kansas City, who opposed Amendment 3 on the grounds that it discriminates in who has their charges dropped.
Those who are already doing time won’t all have access to the appeals process, disagrees.
“Because you are currently serving, you must still file an appeal with the court. Additionally, it is predicated on judicial discretion, which, as we all know, does not benefit the poor and dark-skinned, added Bland Manlove.