By: Cecil King
Photo: New Approach Missouri – (L to R) John Payne, Bonnie Boime and Blake Bell
New Approach Missouri Announces Campaign Kickoff
Missouri cannabis activists are rallying support for the new 2018 medical marijuana initiative. A statewide signature gathering campaign is now in full swing following kickoff events across the state.
Medical Cannabis Initiative 2018-51 was approved by the outgoing Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on December 30, 2016.
New Approach Missouri immediately put the wheels in motion to start printing thousands of petitions needed for distribution to volunteers across the state. A simultaneous fund-raising campaign was also initiated to keep the momentum going for the next 18 months.
“Last night, New Approach Missouri Volunteer Coordinators Blake Bell and Bonnie Boime and I all simultaneously signed our 2018 petition,” wrote John Payne, campaign manager for New Approach Missouri, in a communication on January 18, 2017. Now that “the first people in the state,” have signed, continued Payne, “we are eager to put petitions in the hands of trained volunteers and kick off the signature gathering campaign statewide!”
The first of four petitioner training and signing events have already been scheduled in the state’s largest metropolitan areas.
Springfield: Friday, January 20 at the Library Center, starting at 7:30 p.m. and co-sponsored by Springfield NORML.
Kansas City: Saturday, January 21 at the Westport Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, starting at 3:00 p.m. and co-sponsored by NORML KC.
Saint Louis: Sunday, January 22 at the Crown Room of the Schlafly Bottleworks, starting at 6:00 p.m., Greater St. Louis NORML.
Columbia: Monday, January 23 in Room 1A of the Daniel Boone Library, starting at 6:30 p.m. and co-sponsored by Mid-MO NORML.
Permanent signing locations across the state will be announced shortly for registered voters to sign the petition. “We will hold many more petitioner events over the coming weeks and months, in more cities,” said Payne.
The campaign will also offer free training via webinars and live training events for those interested in gathering signatures for the petition. More information can be found at www.newapproachmissouri.com.