ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If highly decorated Army Veteran Tom Mundell gets his way, Missouri voters will find a medical marijuana initiative on their ballot this November. Mundell was awarded the Silver Star, four purple hearts and much more during his time with the Army.

Mundell has been going around trying to collect a minimum of 167,000 signatures to present to the state, and says he is prepared to turn in more than a 250,000 this weekend.

He says it was his personal experience with fellow veterans that convinced him that medical cannabis can treat certain afflictions better than any medicine.

“We have lost 80 years of research on what possibly could become the holy grail of natural medicine,” Mundell says.

The proposal would allow state-licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients with cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and more. The measure would maintain the prohibition of marijuana use in public and driving under the influence.

It would tax medical marijuana sales at four percent, raising millions annually for the treatment of Missouri veterans.

Mundell and his supporters are calling for a medical marijuana initiative to be placed on the November ballot.

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