A judge with the Missouri Circuit Court of Cole County dismissed a lawsuit on Friday that sought to overturn the initiative from Legal Missouri 2022 to place a recreational cannabis legalization petition on the November ballot, reported Marijuana Moment.

The decision from Judge Cotton Walker follows a court hearing held on Thursday, during which arguments from Joy Sweeney, a local anti-legalization activist backed by the Colorado-based Protect Our Kids PAC who filed the suit, were laid out.

The court dismissed the case due to the plaintiff's failure to "prove an essential element of her cause of action," referring to her claim that she was a resident of Jefferson City.

Had it not been dismissed on procedural grounds, the decision regarding the case would be in favor of the legalization campaign on all counts, the judge said.

"This Court would have therefore dismissed the Petition …

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