October 11, 2022
On November 8, besides casting ballots for various officeholders, voters will cast ballots on four amendments to the Missouri Constitution and another ballot issue regarding amending the Missouri Constitution.
Here are the ballot issues:
Amendment 1 — grant the General Assembly statutory authority to invest state funds and expand the State Treasurer’s investment options.
Amendment 3 — legalize adult-use recreational marijuana, allowing Missourians over 21 years of age to purchase, possess, consume marijuana for personal use. The amendment also would expunge criminal records for most prior, nonviolent marijuana offenses, establish a lottery selection process to award licenses and certificates, and impose a six percent tax on the retail price of marijuana to benefit various programs.
Amendment 4 — allow for increases in minimum funding for a police force established by a state board of police commissioners such as the Kansas City police force to ensure it has additional resources to serve its community.
Amendment 5 — establish the Missouri Department of the National Guard, charged with providing the state militia, headed by the Adjutant General, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Currently, the National Guard is within the state’s Department of Public Safety.
Constitutional Convention Question – shall there be a convention to revise and amend the state’s Constitution? Missouri voters every 20 years since 1962 are required to vote on this issue. If approved by voters, the Governor would call for an election of delegates to serve at a convention for the purpose of revising or amending the Missouri Constitution.