Consumer Benefits of Adult Use Cannabis
No more than eight (8) ounces of dried, unprocessed cannabis flower may be possessed by adults 21 years or older at any time. Up to twenty-eight (28) grams of resin or extract, or four thousand milligrams (4 grams) of cannabis-infused products may be possessed by adults 21 years or older at any time.
A consumer may cultivate up to twenty-five square feet (25 sq. ft.) of flowering canopy in any space owned or leased by the consumer. The space must be secured against entry by any unauthorized individual. Such cannabis cannot be sold to any other individual, but can be donated or sold to the new Compassionate Care Program (described below).
Any individual with a past marijuana conviction will be granted the right to expunge their criminal record. Expungement will erase any criminal marijuana arrest, charge, and conviction from the public record. Incarcerated individuals may file for release from custody and expungement of their criminal record in the jurisdiction in which the conviction occurred. The supreme court shall make available to the public free-of-charge forms for a release from custody and the expungement of criminal records. Filing for expungement will cost no more than the filing fee for Small Claims Court.
Compassionate Care Program
Cannabis may be distributed free of charge through the Compassionate Care Program to qualified and licensed caregivers or patients who meet financial need and health necessity criteria. Any consumer or cannabis facility may donate or sell cannabis to the program where it will be tested and made available through the program.
Missouri's Division of Alcohol & Tobacco within the Missouri Department of Safety will administer the adult-use cannabis program. Management of Missouri's new adult-use cannabis law and commercial licensing by the Division of Alcohol & Tobacco is a much better fit than the Department of Health and will ensure a competent implementation of the law.
Adult-Use Cannabis Tax
A seven and one-half percent (7.5%) tax will be levied by the state of Missouri on retail sales of adult-use cannabis. No wholesale tax will be collected on cultivation or manufacturing of cannabis products.
Tax revenue from the sale of retail adult-use cannabis will be collected by a newly established Missouri Economic Recovery and Growth Fund to be administered by the State Treasurer. Tax revenue will fund operations of the adult-use program with excess revenue designated in equal disbursements in the following manner:
One-third (1/3) monies will go to:
Expansion of internet access as a public utility;
Repair and improvement of roads and bridges;
Repair and improvement public water, sewer, and electric utility services;
One-third (1/3) monies go to state agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits for:
Drug addiction treatment and education;
Job placement, housing, and counseling for substance abusers;
Free legal assistance for criminal record expungement or for individuals charged with a drug-related crime;
Cannabis research in psychiatric or substance abuse treatment program.
One third (1/3) monies go to:
Zero percent interest loans or grants to small businesses owned by individuals in a historically marginalized population;
Cannabis industry training programs for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals.
Probable Cause & Warrants
The smell of cannabis is not a probable cause for a law enforcement officer to detain or search a person, impound or search a vehicle, enter a residence, or other property of a consumer. An arrest warrant issued for cannabis violations shall require evidence of the violation and shall not be issued on the basis of the presence of cannabis alone.
Missouri Cannabis Law
Any Missouri law that criminalizes the possession, delivery, or distribution of cannabis in an amount less than two times the legal limit are declared null and void unless there is distribution or delivery to an individual under the age of twenty one.