Missouri Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use, Allows On-Site Consumption and Delivery Services

On February 16, 2023, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.[0] This makes Missouri the fifteenth state to legalize recreational use of the drug.[1] Although its use and possession remain illegal under federal law, the movement towards decriminalization and legalization has been gaining momentum across the United States.

The new bill, which will go into effect on February 27, 2023, will also allow for the issuance of on-site consumption licenses and cannabis delivery services. 50 on-site consumption licenses will be allocated for businesses that would allow people to legally smoke, vape, or consume cannabis.[2] Delivery services will also be permitted.

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0. “Three more Americans convicted in the UK for smuggling cannabis …” www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk, 1 Mar. 2023, https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/three-more-americans-convicted-in-the-uk-for-smuggling-cannabis-on-la-london-flights

1. “With hemp regulations passed, future legal cannabis market still to …” richmond.com, 1 Mar. 2023, https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/with-hemp-regulations-passed-future-legal-cannabis-market-still-to-be-determined/article_b2c26292-b6d6-11ed-b53f-37b86f2f965e.html

2. “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/