Second petition filed to legalize marijuana in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) – A second initiative petition to legalize marijuana in Missouri has been filed.

Secretary of State Jason Kander this week announced the petition, 2016-013, is open for public comment.

The proposal would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow residents to use the drug for medical or recreational use. Missourians also could legally grow the plant if the initiative passes.

Initiative petitions need approval from Kander’s office before they can be circulated to the public. Residents vote on the measures if they receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot.

Another initiative, 2016-009, that would allow those 21 years or older to use or grow marijuana also is open for public comment.

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