Missouri’s Cannabis Legalization: Challenges and Updates

In November 2022, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.[0] Although cannabis remains illegal under federal law, many states have decriminalized or legalized recreational use and three-quarters allow it for medical purposes.[1] According to an estimate in 2019, around 18% of U.S. adults used marijuana that year.[1]

Despite the passage of the vote, other cannabis-related bills have failed in the legislature. In the last session, bipartisan measures to set up the market were defeated as well as bills to create small-business incubators and to allow for resentencing opportunities for those previously incarcerated.[0] Additionally, on February 28, 2023, a medical cannabis bill failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

These developments demonstrate the challenges of legalizing marijuana in the U.S., and the need for further research and dialogue on the issue. For the latest news and updates on cannabis legislation, readers can subscribe to newsletters and follow related stories.

0. “With hemp regulations passed, future legal cannabis market still to …” richmond.com, 2 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

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