The Missouri Republican Party has endorsed a ballot measure seeking to create a constitutional right to farm.
A proposed amendment scheduled to appear on the November ballot would ask voters whether the right “to engage in farming and ranching” should be “forever guaranteed” in the Missouri Constitution.
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The Republican State Committee endorsed the measure by a voice vote Saturday. That will allow the party to promote the measure in its get-out-the-vote efforts for this year’s elections.
The proposal was referred to the ballot by the Republican-led state Legislature. But at least some Republicans expressed opposition Saturday. One GOP committee member questioned whether someone could use the amendment to assert a right to grow marijuana.
The amendment is backed by a coalition of agricultural groups called Missouri Farmers Care.