The New Approach Missouri campaign to bring legal medical marijuana to Missouri has collected more than 250,000 signatures. Over half of these have been gathered by dedicated volunteers. The campaign is also using paid signature gatherers.
Given the alarming rise in opioid overdose deaths in Missouri, it is especially important that this bill becomes law: in states where medical marijuana is legal, opiod death rates are lower than in comparable states where all marijuana is still illegal. Far from being a so-called “gateway drug,” marijuana can be an exit drug from addictive pharmaceuticals.
Don’t forget these important statistics from 2016:
- 62,497: Number of Americans who died from drug overdoses
- 0: Number of Americans who died from marijuana overdoses