Local resident Steve Boyke, right, signs a petition for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri at the Cassville Branch Library on Feb. 6. Petitioners from New Approach Missouri, the grassroots organization heading up the petition initiative, were in Cassville for a petition-signing event. Over 180,000 signatures have been obtained from Missourians so far in an attempt to get the petition on the November 2018 ballot. If the initiative passes, it will make Missouri one of the last states to legalize the plant. The petition would allow the plant to be used in the treatment of many common and debilitating illnesses in society, including epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer, ALS, PTSD for veterans, and for the management of pain stemming from various illnesses including fibromyalgia, neuralgia and pain from injuries for veterans. According to the petition language, 4 percent tax on the sale of the medicine would go directly to support American veterans. In photo, NAM advocate Alisha Madison stands by while Boyke signs the petition. For more information about medical marijuana, research studies, to volunteer, donate, or to find petition-signing locations in Missouri, visit www.newapproachmissouri.com. Jim Craig/Special to the Cassville Democrat
Local resident Steve Boyke, right, signs a petition for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri at the Cassville Branch Library on Feb. 6.