Proposed Bill for Recreational Cannabis Use In Missouri Will Be on November's Ballot
There’s big marijuana news for Missouri residents! The state has recently announced that a marijuana legalization initiative will appear on November’s ballot. Activists were able to gather enough petitions, about 400,000 signatures, to place the issue of cannabis reform before voters.
What Does the Bill Entail?
The reform initiative that would legalize marijuana recreationally in Missouri includes the following:
Adults 21 and older could purchase and possess up to three ounces of cannabis
They could also grow up to six flowering marijuana plants, six immature plants, and six clones if they obtain a registration card
The initiative would impose a six percent tax on recreational cannabis sales and use the revenue to facilitate automatic expungements for people with certain non-violent marijuana offenses on their records
The remaining revenue would go toward veterans’ healthcare, substance misuse treatment, and the state’s public defender system
The Department of Health and Senior Services would be responsible for regulating the program and issuing licenses for cannabis businesses
Regulators would be required to issue at least 144 microbusiness licenses through a lottery system, with priority given to low-income applicants and people who have been disproportionately impacted by drug criminalization
Existing medical marijuana dispensaries would also be first in line to start serving adult consumers with dual licenses
Regulators could create rules around advertising, but they could not be any more stringent than existing restrictions on alcohol marketing
Public consumption, driving under the influence of cannabis, and underage marijuana use would be explicitly prohibited.
A seed-to-sale tracking system would be established for the marijuana market
Local jurisdictions would be able to opt-out of permitting cannabis microbusinesses or retailers from operating in their area if voters approve the ban on the ballot.
The measure would further codify employment protections for medical cannabis patients.
Medical marijuana cards would be valid for three years at a time, instead of one. And caregivers would be able to serve double the number of patients.
What to Expect
A majority of Missouri voters support the legalization of marijuana for adult use.
If the bill passes at the polls in November, existing medical marijuana companies would be allowed to apply for a license to sell recreational marijuana. They would be allowed to apply as of December 8, and regulators would be required to approve new licenses within 60 days.
If voters approve the initiative, it is expected that legal sales of recreational marijuana could begin early next year in Missouri.
Get Relief Now
Although recreational marijuana seems hopeful for Missourians, as of now only medical marijuana is legalized. So, if you’d like to receive the natural that marijuana provides as soon as today, you have to have a Missouri marijuana card. If you don’t have your card yet, we can help with that!
Our doctors are standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. During your evaluation, they will be happy to answer all your questions about how cannabis may be able to help with your anxiety or any other medical conditions. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana professional online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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