Missouri Legalizes Recreational Marijuana: A Major Milestone in Cannabis Reform

On February 16, 2023, Missouri voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, making it the 15th U.S. state to legalize the use and possession of cannabis for adults. Even though cannabis is still prohibited at the federal level, more than half of the states in the US have either legalized or decriminalized its recreational usage, and three-fourths make it available for medicinal usage.

The new law allows adults over 21 to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants in their home, and possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis in their homes.[0] The law also sets up regulations for the state’s medical cannabis program and allows for the issuance of on-site consumption permits for events and cannabis delivery services.[1]

In 2019, it was estimated that approximately 18% of U.S. adults consumed marijuana.[2] Despite the passage of this law, other cannabis-related bills have failed in the legislature, including bipartisan measures aimed at setting up the market, creating small-business incubators, and allowing for resentencing opportunities for those previously incarcerated.[3]

Last updated on Saturday, February 27, 2023, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Missouri marks a major milestone for cannabis reform in the U.S. and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry and society at large.

0. “Cannabis regulations proposed ahead of legalization deadline …” cnsmaryland.org, 1 Mar. 2023, https://cnsmaryland.org/2023/02/03/cannabis-regulations-proposed-ahead-of-legalization-deadline/

1. “Another Minnesota Senate Committee Approves Marijuana …” www.marijuanamoment.net, 1 Mar. 2023, https://www.marijuanamoment.net/another-minnesota-senate-committee-approves-marijuana-legalization-bill/

2. “More frequent cannabis use associated with higher risk of coronary …” www.news-medical.net, 1 Mar. 2023, https://www.news-medical.net/news/20230224/More-frequent-cannabis-use-associated-with-higher-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease.aspx

3. “Medical Cannabis Bill Dies in TN Senate Judiciary Committee …” sumnercountysource.com, 1 Mar. 2023, https://sumnercountysource.com/medical-cannabis-bill-dies-in-tn-senate-judiciary-committee/