Letter to the editor: Vote Amendment 2 for marijuana legalization

On Nov. 6, Missourians get the chance to vote to legalize medical marijuana. There are three initiatives presented on the ballot: Amendment 2, Amendment 3, and Proposition C. They all result in the legalization of medical marijuana, but each have different characteristics. It’s important to be educated on them as young voters, so we can make the best decision. In this case, the best decision is to vote for Amendment 2.

Supported by doctors and veterans, Amendment 2 focuses on the well-being of patients with severe illnesses, and has a 4 percent marijuana sales tax that would provide funding for veteran services. It’ll create regulations and licensing procedures for marijuana and marijuana facilities, even permitting physicians to allow patients with serious illnesses to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. It’s the only initiative allowing patients to grow their own plants.

Amendment 3 is a scam. Brad Bradshaw, a millionaire lawyer, has invested his money in this proposal, and he’ll gain all the revenue from its 15 percent sales tax. He says he’ll use this money for his new cancer research institute, but cancer patients would have to pay this ridiculous tax, and all the money and control of the dispensaries, licenses, and research would be given to Brad Bradshaw and his appointees.

Proposition C has a 2 percent sales tax and the money goes to a variety of public services. However, it amends Missouri law, not the Missouri Constitution like Amendments do, so it can be declared unconstitutional and reversed after it’s passed. Amendments are hardly ever repealed.

It’s important to know that the initiative with the most votes passes, so voting for more than one would be ineffective. I urge you to vote for Amendment 2. It’s on the ballot to help Americans with serious illnesses and provide for veteran services; it’s the most solid and trustworthy initiative to vote for. Proposition C doesn’t assure that action will be taken, and Amendment 3 is only in favor of Brad Bradshaw, a millionaire who wants to make serious revenue. Use your voice on Nov. 6 and vote for Amendment 2.

 

-Mary Reust

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