Prosecutors Aim to Block Medical Marijuana Initiative from Ballot

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A dozen of Missouri’s top prosecutors want to stop a medical marijuana initiative from hitting the November ballot.

Among them are St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough. McCullough says marijuana is still illegal on the federal level.

“By enacting something that is contrary to federal law…it violates both the Missouri and the U.S. Constitution and that’s what we are asking the court to determine,” McCullough says.

McCullough says he’s sympathetic to those who use marijuana to cope with debilitating pain or other issues — but he wants the FDA to do more research into the drug’s medicinal benefits

“Prosecutors have been calling for years to do the testing,” McCullough says. “If the testing substantiates the claims along with any side effects that people are aware of, then it should come off and be available under the circumstances.”

McCullough says prosecutors typically don’t intervene to try to prevent something from getting on the ballot. But the medical marijuana initiative – he says – is unconstitutional.

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