Missouri voters will get to vote on whether to legalize adult recreational marijuana on November 8. The ballot initiative was launched this year by Legal Missouri 2022, a group that’s led by some of those who pushed for the 2018 amendment that legalized medical marijuana in the state and is backed by much of Missouri’s medical marijuana industry. The ballot question would essentially remove the state’s ban on marijuana sales, consumption and manufacturing for people who are 21 years of age or older.
The initiative also includes automatic expungement for people who have nonviolent weed-related crimes on their record. This means if someone does have a nonviolent weed charge, they won’t have to petition for their crimes to be expunged. It will just be removed from their record straight away.
Here’s what laws around marijuana are on the books in Missouri now.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS ALREADY LEGAL
Medical marijuana was legalized in Missouri in 2018 by nearly two-thirds of voters.
People who qualify can purchase medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary, if they have a medical ID card from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Patients can only purchase up to 4 ounces of marijuana within 30 days.
KANSAS CITY ALREADY DECRIMINALIZES MARIJUANA
In 2020, Kansas City decriminalized marijuana possession, removing it as a crime from the city code. [Read More @ The Kansas City Star]