JEFFERSON CITY • Attorneys for Dr. Brad Bradshaw, a Springfield physician and personal injury lawyer who is self-funding a medical marijuana campaign, withdrew a lawsuit Tuesday aimed at a rival group that is promoting a medical pot ballot initiative of its own.
Bradshaw, who is backing Amendment 3 on the November ballot, wanted to strip another medical pot proposal, Proposition C, from the ballot by challenging roughly 40 signatures the group backing the effort had collected in the Kansas City-based 5th congressional district.
"In District 5, it was certified by 38 signatures," James Meadows, attorney for Bradshaw, told Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on Aug. 30. "We are making a straight challenge claiming that those 38 signatures are not valid and that it should be taken off the ballot."
A hearing in that lawsuit was scheduled for Thursday. Meadows and a spokesman for Bradshaw, whose campaign is called Find the Cures, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday evening.
"We are glad to put this challenge behind us," Chuck Hatfield, attorney for Missourians for Patient Care, the group supporting Proposition C, said in a statement. "Our proposal received overwhelming support at the signature phase, which is why the case was ultimately dismissed. We look forward to receiving the same support in November."
On Aug. 31, Joyce dismissed a second lawsuit Bradshaw had filed. In that lawsuit, he sought to disqualify another ballot initiative, Amendment 2, submitted by the group New Approach Missouri.
It appears Missourians are poised to weigh in on three medical marijuana ballot initiatives this November. Missouri would be the 31st state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use if any of the three pass.
Bradshaw and New Approach Missouri are seeking to amend the state Constitution; Missourians for Patient Care wants a change to state statute, thus more easily allowing alterations by state lawmakers.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, if all three measures were approved by voters, the differences between them would be resolved by the following formula: Constitutional amendments would trump state law, and whichever amendment received the most votes would overrule the other.
Bradshaw's effort, Amendment 3, would impose a 15 percent tax on medical pot sales to finance a state institute to conduct research on cancer and other diseases.
Bradshaw has personally loaned his initiative more than $1 million.
New Approach Missouri (Amendment 2) asks voters for approval to impose a 4 percent tax on retail marijuana sales, which would go toward veterans’ health care. The state estimates the proposal would generate $18 million in fees and sales tax each year.
Proposition C, sponsored by Missourians for Patient Care, would change state statutes to make marijuana legal for medical use and impose a 2 percent retail tax on medical marijuana, channeling revenue to early childhood education, veterans care, public safety and drug treatment.
Bradshaw is self-funding his campaign. New Approach Missouri has received donations from a network of marijuana activists. The vast majority of donations to Missourians for Patient Care have been shrouded in secrecy, with backers hiding donor identities by taking advantage of a loophole in state law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.