Missouri Initiative Would “Remove All Marijuana Government Oversight and Regulations”

An initiative to drastically reform Missouri’s marijuana laws was approved for circulation by the Missouri secretary of state, with signature gathering currently underway.

The Missouri Marijuana Consumption and Regulation Amendment would “remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and consider it a food.”

The proposed law would also “remove all marijuana government oversight and regulations; remove special taxes and reporting on all marijuana consumption, purchases or sales; eliminate zoning requirements for marijuana farmers, processors, manufacturers, and distributers; allow for personal marijuana cultivation; eliminate any restriction on where marijuana can be consumed; and eliminate age requirements for marijuana usage.”

Proponents of the initiative must collect around 171,000 signatures from registered Missouri voters in order to put the measure to a vote of the people during the 2024 general election.

You can find the full text of this initiative by clicking here.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Missouri last year for those 21 and older, with marijuana stores opening in February. The law allows for the possession of up to three ounces of marijuana. Adults can also cultivate up to six flowering plants, six immature plants, and six plants under 14 inches for personal use.

The state’s medical marijuana law was passed by voters in 2018, with the first dispensary opening their doors in October, 2020.

According to data released by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, licensed marijuana retail outlets sold over $117 million in worth of marijuana and marijuana products in September. This was roughly on par with the $119 million sold in August.

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