2 petitions planned to ease Missouri marijuana laws

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Activists are planning two initiative petitions that would ease restrictions on marijuana in Columbia and legalize the drug for medicinal use across the state.

The statewide initiative would amend the Missouri Constitution to allow patients to use small amounts of marijuana for medicinal needs. The Columbia petition drive would decriminalize the cultivation of six or fewer marijuana plants.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports supporters will begin collecting signatures next month and hope to get both issues on the November 2016 ballot.

Activist groups such as Show-Me Cannabis, Missouri NORML, Mid-Missouri NORML, MU NORML and the Missouri Civil Liberties Association will lead both initiative efforts.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune