Missouri Legalizes Recreational Marijuana: What You Need to Know

On February 24th, 2023, Missouri voters approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Although marijuana remains illegal under federal law, states are increasingly legalizing its recreational use. A 2019 study estimated that 18% of U.S. adults used marijuana in that year.[0]

Under the new bill, Missouri residents can legally possess, grow and use marijuana for recreational purposes. Additionally, the bill allows for the issuance of up to 50 on-site consumption permits, which would permit owners to operate facilities where people could legally smoke, vape, or consume cannabis. The bill also permits cannabis delivery services.

The bill comes with a variety of other provisions, such as restrictions on where and when cannabis can be consumed and the ability to revoke permits if businesses violate safety regulations.

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Missouri is part of a larger trend in the U.S. towards decriminalizing the use and possession of cannabis, which has been gaining momentum in recent years. It is hoped that the new law will bring financial and social benefits to the state.

0. “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