JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The continuing push for the legalization of medical marijuana is getting more competitive.
An initiative campaign just a few weeks ago announced that they have raised more than $250,000. Now, that same group has increased that number even more.
The Missouri Patient Care Act is a state statutory ballot initiative that would allow patients with a qualifying medical condition to legally use medical marijuana with the written consent of a doctor.
And on Friday, Missourians for Patient Care (MPC) announced that they have raised another $280,000, which they claim “places a clear lead change among several initiative petitions vying for the November 2018 ballot box.”
The Missouri Patient Care Act, sponsored by MPC, says they hold a “distinct advantage in requiring 62,999 fewer signatures” than the constitutional mandate from New Approach Missouri.
“MPC now holds a nearly two to one fundraising advantage since January 1 compared against single donor loans with interests charged to the Find the Cures committee,” a news release states.
With just nine weeks remaining, the ballot committees are pushing hard to find finishing resources to fuel tens of thousands of signatures that remain to be verified for each of the ballot committee petitions in circulation.
“Our singular focus is on providing patients with a reliable yet regulated industry as quickly as possible,” Travis Brown, the Signature Collections Leader for Missourians for Patient Care, said. “One hundred percent of our petitioners’ time is dedicated to the laser focus on certifying this measure to the ballot.”
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.