December 8, 2022, Missouri allowed qualifying consumers to purchase weed legally. However, not all consumers may be eligible and there are still restrictions. Keep reading to learn more.

MO Marijuana

In November of 2022, Missouri voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and over. Since then, the state has been working hard to make sure that cannabis is available for purchase in licensed facilities by early February 2023.

Possession of cannabis for those 21 and over became legal in December 2022, and it is important to note that all marijuana products must be purchased from a licensed dispensary. In order to purchase medical cannabis, you'll need to bring your MMJ Card and a valid state-issued form of identification (MoDL or state-issued ID). It is also important to know that there are limits on how much medical marijuana can be purchased at one time.

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will be responsible for overseeing the licensing process for dispensaries, manufacturers, testing labs, and transporters. With the legalization of recreational cannabis in Missouri comes an opportunity for individuals to access safe and regulated products while creating jobs and generating revenue for the state.

Criminal Charges

In MO, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia may be considered a criminal charge. Depending on the substance, amount, and circumstances surrounding the crime, including marijuana. It’s important to note that while marijuana may be legal for adult use, those 21 years or older may only be in possession of no more than three ounces of marijuana at any time.

If a person has more three ounces of weed at a given time, they could face possession charges. In general, possession of ten grams or less is a misdemeanor, higher amounts of cannabis could be a felony. Additional aggravating factors including possession or use of a firearm, inebriation, or drug-related traffic offenses could be more serious charges punishable by prison time and fines.

Legal Rights

If you have been charged with possession or other drug-related crimes, you have the right to an attorney. A lawyer can help you understand your options and build a case with your best interests in mind. Smith Law Offices, LLC has the experience you need to face drug charges.

Contact our firm for more information.

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