Bradshaw drops lawsuit against rival medical marijuana measure

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Springfield doctor and attorney who is backing one of the November medical marijuana questions has dropped his lawsuit against another medical marijuana measure on the November ballot.

On Tuesday, Brad Bradshaw, the backer of Amendment 3, dismissed his legal challenge against Proposition C that alleged the initiative petition did not fulfill the signature requirement.

The Secretary of State’s Office certified the signatures for the statutory change put forth by Missourians for Patient Care on August 2, 2018. In the 5th Congressional District, Missourians for Patient Care collected 59,153 signatures with 16,386 being certified. The number of valid signatures only exceeded the requirement by 38 signees.

But Bradshaw had argued that “39 or more of the signatures…for the Congressional District No. 5 identified as valid are, in fact, invalid.”

With Bradshaw dropping his lawsuit, that ends the legal challenges to the vastly different measures seeking to legalize medical marijuana.

Bradshaw’s lawsuit against Amendment 2, a question backed by New Approach Missouri, was dismissed from court on August 31, 2018.

In that legal challenge, Bradshaw claimed the group “ran an intentional, systematic, pervasive, and ubiquitous pattern of instructing individuals to violate the legal requirements of the petition signature gathering process.”

But a judge determined that since the validity of the signatures was not being questioned, only the collection process, that the measure should be decided on by voters.

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Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at alisha@themissouritimes.com.