Find The Cures, an effort to legalize medical marijuana and fund research for cancer and other incurable diseases has collected more than 300,000 signatures, and submitted enough valid petitions to appear on the ballot this November. Unlike other petition campaigns, Find The Cure’s signatures have been independently validated by two separate third-party organizations ensuring comfortable margins in every district to avoid the mistakes of other campaigns in 2016.
The campaign’s spokesperson, Dr. Brad Bradshaw, thanked volunteers and supporters at a campaign meeting this morning. Dr. Bradshaw stressed to all those suffering from terminal and severe chronic illnesses “you have not been forgotten and we will work diligently to improve your quality of life and relentlessly to find cures. We will never give up.”
Dr. Bradshaw was born in Joplin, Missouri and grew up in Springfield. At the age of eighteen he moved to Kansas City when accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Accelerated Medical School Program. After medical school, Dr. Bradshaw worked in a surgical residency program at the University of Hawaii before going on to receive specialized training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and later receiving CME certification in Clinical Obstetrics and Cardiology from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bradshaw also received a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Bradshaw has practiced law for over two decades. He currently lives in Springfield with his family and maintains offices in Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.
Proceeds from the Amendment are required by law to support medical research and reduce, and eventually eliminate, income taxes in Missouri. Proceeds are also directed towards education, public employee retirement programs, and road and bridge repair under the Amendment. An economic impact study of the Find The Cure’s Amendment conducted by Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized healthcare and academic medicine consulting firm, found the annual economic impact to exceed $1.4 billion dollars and the Amendment would create 6,672 new high paying jobs in Missouri.