Voters to decide if medical marijuana belongs in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Missouri voters hit the polls on Election Day, they will decide if medical marijuana belongs in the Show-Me State.

On Saturday, proponents of Amendment Two held a rally in favor of legalizing medicinal marijuana in Missouri  at the Crossroads District of Kansas City.

While there were lots of leaves on shirts, the people in the crowd weren`t the ones who you`d expect to light up.

Veteran Chris Wolfenbarger has PTSD and TBI and  is an outspoken proponent of Amendment Two.

"I know for a fact this medicine will work for me," Wolfenbarger said as he stood with his service dog. "I`m excited for it to be available,and legal, here in Missouri."

Mike Oldham is a Sunday School Teacher and retired from working with the Department of Homeland Security.

"There`s so many things that it can help with," Oldham said.

For Oldham, he said it helps with his verbal seizures.

"I`m not one who wants to get high and that`s what people think when they think of marijuana; medical marijuana, you`re going to get high."

Several Missouri and Kansas politicians spoke in favor of Amendment Two, including Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II.  One more flew in from Oregon.  It's a state that's already legalized marijuana.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer believes Missouri is the Show-Me Drug Reform State.

"Your election here, I think, might be the tipping point for the federal government to get its act together and finally reform - once and for all - our outmoded prohibition," Blumenauer said. "This is serious medicine with serious business, and it will have serious benefits."

Blumenauer has been a long-standing proponent for medicinal marijuana in Congress.

Amendement Two is one of three medical marijuana measures on next month's ballot.  Amendment Two carries a 4% sales tax, which proponents say will go to Missouri veterans programs.

Amendement Three and Proposition C also propose medical marijuana.

Amendment Three would have a 15% sales tax on medicinal marijuana for funding a medical marijuana research center in Missouri that would be headed by the proposal's sponsor.

Proposition C would change state laws, which means state lawmakers could change it.  It carries a 2% sales tax, which is proposed to go to veterans, drug treatment, early childhood education, and public safety.

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