click to enlarge Screenshot via missouripetition.com Travis Brown. The lobbying firm best-known for its work on behalf of St. Louis mega-donor Rex Sinquefield is putting its formidable weight behind a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri. Its efforts join an increasingly well-funded crowd of ballot measures trying to accomplish the same thing.
Known as the Missouri Patient Care Act, the ballot initiative pushed by Pelopidas LLC will ask voters to create new state law to license and regulate medical marijuana through the state’s division of liquor and alcohol control.
The proposal has key differences with other efforts to legalize medical pot, notes Travis Brown, a lobbyist with the firm.
Specifically, Brown points to the 2016 failure of New Approach Missouri’s campaign, which sought to amend the state’s constitution and utilized both volunteer and professional signature-gatherers. New Approach missed its signature goal by as few as several dozen signatures; although the activists went to court to argue that hundreds of valid signatures were improperly disqualified, a judge ultimately ruled against them.
“The Missouri Patient Care Act is really a product of that failure,” says Brown of his firm’s new effort.
And it may well draw from a different set of donors than the libertarian/pro-marijuana activists who’ve previously supported efforts to loosen cannabis laws in Missouri. Most of Pelopidas’ work — such