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Voters to decide legalization of recreational marijuana

Mo. Secretary of State’s Office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Tuesday, August 9, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued certificates pertaining to initiative petitions filed with his office. Signatures for initiative petitions 2022-051 and 2022-059 were submitted to the secretary of state’s office on May 8. Petition 2022-051 pertains to ranked-choice voting and petition 2022-059 pertains to the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Initiative petitions that met the qualifications will be placed on the November 8 statewide ballot. To receive a Certificate of Sufficiency, a minimum number of valid signatures must be obtained in six of the eight congressional districts in Missouri. Initiative petition 2022-059 (regarding legalization of recreational marijuana) met this statutory requirement and was issued a sufficiency certificate; initiative petition 2022-051 was insufficient in all eight congressional districts.

“I encourage Missourians to study and educate themselves on any ballot initiative,” Ashcroft said. “Initiative 2022-059 that voters will see on the November ballot is particularly lengthy and should be given careful consideration.”


  1. Janice Door on August 17, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Where can we get the actual sample of the petition on marijuana? I heard it was very confusing to voters and I want to vote no. Thanks.

    • Editor on August 19, 2022 at 10:02 am

      If you go to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, on the home page, scroll down slightly and you will see Latest News. Look for August 9, Ashcroft issues Initiative Petition Certificate. Click on that. Then click on 2022-059 to read the full petition.

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