Missouri Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use: What You Need to Know

On February 16, 2023, Missouri became the latest state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, following the passing of Amendment 3.[0] This marks a significant reduction in how marijuana is regulated in the state, with adults 21 and over now able to purchase up to three ounces of marijuana per transaction.[1] The bill also includes punishments for growers who leave cannabis in an area where they should reasonably expect a person under 21 years old may gain access to it.[2]

If plants are cultivated in public view, cultivators may risk a fine of up to $250 and be required to relinquish them.[1] If the same offense is committed three times, the crime can be elevated to a misdemeanor.[1] Despite cannabis being federally illegal, more states are legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, with a study in 2019 estimating that around 18% of U.S. adults used marijuana that year.[3]

To stay up to date with the latest news and updates on cannabis legislation, you can find our Bill Tracker HERE.[4] This includes a look at pending New York marijuana reform legislation, with Marijuana Moment tracking hundreds of cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year.[5] Patrons who contribute a minimum of $25 each month gain access to our interactive maps, charts, and hearing calendar, ensuring they stay up-to-date with any new developments.[5]

0. “Residents, Stakeholders Query Cannabis … – McKinley Park News” mckinleypark.news, 28 Feb. 2023, https://mckinleypark.news/news/3795-residents-stakeholders-query-cannabis-dispensary-reps-at-community-meeting

1. “Recreational cannabis sales to start Feb. 6 | News …” www.thesalemnewsonline.com, 28 Feb. 2023, https://www.thesalemnewsonline.com/news/article_f7c2618e-a17e-11ed-971b-3713c6fb8fa4.html

2. “Homegrown cannabis bill introduced in Washington House | News …” www.khq.com, 28 Feb. 2023, https://www.khq.com/news/homegrown-cannabis-bill-introduced-in-washington-house/article_dc29b520-a008-11ed-ac7c-bfdeeefcd325.html

3. “More frequent cannabis use associated with higher risk of coronary …” www.news-medical.net, 28 Feb. 2023, https://www.news-medical.net/news/20230224/More-frequent-cannabis-use-associated-with-higher-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease.aspx

4. “Current News Archives – The Cannabis Alliance” thecannabisalliance.us, 28 Feb. 2023, https://thecannabisalliance.us/news/

5. “Feds warn about CBD (Newsletter: February 27, 2023) – Marijuana …” www.marijuanamoment.net, 28 Feb. 2023, https://www.marijuanamoment.net/feds-warn-about-cbd-newsletter-february-27-2023/