Proposal One is reported to be:
A coalition called New Approach Missouri, which has the support of Show-Me Cannabis.
The organization has filed two initiatives with the Secretary of State, both to permit state-licensed physicians to recommend marijuana to patients with serious illness and medical conditions. Excess revenue from an additional 4 percent tax on pot, above state and local taxes, would go toward veterans’ services across the state.
Under the plan, doctors would be allowed to recommend pot to patients with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma or multiple sclerosis. The marijuana could come in different forms such as strains for smoking, THC capsules and cannabis oils.
New Approach Missouri estimates that about 75 cultivation facilities could be licensed across the state. Also, qualifying patients could grow up to six plants at home.
Proposal Two is
Brad Bradshaw, a licensed Springfield physician and attorney running in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor next year, is behind the second proposal. His plan would legalize medical marijuana, impose a significant tax on it and direct the money toward medical research.
Bradshaw gets agitated when people assume his campaign is solely about legalizing pot.
“Really, it’s quite the opposite,” he said. “It is the development of a medical research institute in Missouri to generate cures for cancer and other incurable diseases and generate money for the state through taxes on medical marijuana. Legalizing medical marijuana is a sexy issue, research for cures is not.”
Called Missouri Research, the Bradshaw plan would favor licensed pharmacists as dispensers, with no provisions for home-growing and cultivation centers. Marijuana would be taxed 75 percent at the point of sale on top of the 10 percent wholesale tax.
Choosing to put the profits toward medical research was a no-brainer for Bradshaw. Since graduating from medical school, he said he’s been bemused by the slow progress on incurable diseases. There’s always talk of raising awareness for a cure, he said, but less in the way of finding one.
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