Lawsuit Filed to Remove Adult-Use Cannabis Measure From Missouri Ballot
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Lawsuit Filed to Remove Adult-Use Cannabis Measure From Missouri Ballot

The suit follows the secretary of state’s certification of the November ballot measure.

August 24, 2022

A Missouri resident has filed a lawsuit to take an adult-use cannabis measure off the state’s November ballot, according to The Associated Press.

Joy Sweeney, a resident of Jefferson City, Mo., filed the lawsuit Aug. 19 with support from Protect Our Kids, a political action committee (PAC) formed by Luke Niforatos of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, according to the AP.

The same PAC is also attempting to unseat U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., who introduced the States Reform Act (SRA), Cannabis Business Times previously reported. The SRA would federally decriminalize cannabis and defer power to state governments to regulate cannabis.

The Missouri suit claimed the group behind the legalization initiative, Legal Missouri 2022, had not gathered enough valid voter signatures to put the measure on the ballot, and that the measure violates Missouri law and the state’s constitution, the AP reports.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified the measure Aug. 9, following state officials’ certification of 214,535 signatures, nearly 30,000 more than are required, CBT previously reported.