November 28, 2022

Late Tuesday night, Missouri voters appeared poised to narrowly legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana in the Show Me State.

Amendment 3, an attempt to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana, received just over 52 percent of the vote, with 188 counties yet to submit reports as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to unofficial data from the Missouri State Department to have.

The amendment asked voters whether they would like to overturn the state’s ban on the purchase, possession, use, manufacture and sale of marijuana by recreational workers age 21 and older. The language requires registration with the state for personal cultivation with prescribed limits, and institutes a lottery system to award certifications and licenses to prospective businesses, awarding those licenses evenly among the state’s eight congressional districts. The sale would be subject to a 6 percent tax, with proceeds to benefit veterans’ programs, drug addiction treatment services and the state’s public defense system.

The change, brought to the ballot through the unsolicited application process, also allows individuals with nonviolent marijuana-related offenses to request their release from custody or parole and probation. These petitions would also include the deletion of their records.

“This tremendous advancement for criminal justice reform will result in hundreds of thousands of Missourians having their records wiped free of charge for an activity that is now legal,” Legal MO 2022 campaign director John Payne said in a statement. “Today’s vote immediately ends nearly 20,000 arrests a year for minor marijuana violations and frees up vital law enforcement resources to tackle serious and violent crimes.”

In the election, 55 percent of Cole County voters opposed the change.

change 5

As passed by the General Assembly earlier this year, Amendment 5 creates the new Missouri Detachment of the National Guard. The guard is currently housed under the Public Security Department. Missouri voters approved the measure by a large majority, with 61 percent voting in favour, with 188 counties pending at press time.

The proposed department would be headed by an Adjutant General appointed by the Governor with advice from the State Senate.

In the election, 62 percent of Cole County voters supported the change.

change 4

This year’s Amendment 4, approved by 64.3 percent of voters at 11:30 p.m. reporting, gives state legislatures an opportunity to increase minimum funding for the Kansas City Police Department. Electoral language identifies “a police force established by a state body of police commissioners,” a classification unique to Kansas City in Missouri.

In the election, nearly 64 percent of Cole County voters supported the change.

change 1

Amendment 1 asked voters if they wanted to amend the Missouri constitution to allow the General Assembly to invest state money, a proposal 54 percent of the state’s voters rejected, according to reports Tuesday night. While the state’s legislature does not currently have that power, the change would have allowed them to designate ways for the state treasurer to make investments of state funds, the secretary of state’s office said.

The change would also expand the treasurer’s investment options, authorizing him or her to invest in municipal securities. These investments would be in municipal securities that have one of the five highest long-term ratings or the highest short-term ratings, depending on the language of choice.

In Cole County, 55 percent of voters opposed the measure.

Constituent Assembly

The constitutional convention issue, to which 67.5 of Missourians had voted no with 188 districts remaining, would have resulted in an election of delegates to serve the convention, with any amendments proposed by the delegation subject to a vote by the Conventions are subject to persons.

Unlike this year’s other questions, the Congressional theme is a regular question that appears on the ballot every 20 years. The provision mandating the question of regular voting was enacted in 1920, with the first Congress being held in 1922. The second Congress 20 years later resulted in the state’s fourth constitution, the latest version still in use today.

The question was defeated by Cole County voters, of whom 69 percent opposed the measure.

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