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Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Missouri, but Restrictions Apply

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Missouri, but Restrictions Apply

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Missouri, but Restrictions Apply

On November 3, 2020, Missouri voters approved Amendment 2, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older. The amendment also allows for medical marijuana and creates a system of licensing for growers and sellers. While this is great news for many people in the state, there are still some restrictions that you should be aware of. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about recreational marijuana now that it’s legal in Missouri. 

Age Restrictions

The legal age to purchase or possess recreational marijuana in Missouri is 21 years old. Those under 21 are not allowed to purchase or possess cannabis products. It is important to note that those under 18 caught with marijuana can face criminal charges. Additionally, anyone found selling or giving marijuana to minors will face serious penalties as well. 

Possession Limits

It is also important to remember that there are limits on how much recreational marijuana an individual can possess at one time. A consumer may purchase up to 3 ounces in a single transaction and be lawfully in possession of up to 3 ounces of dried, processed marijuana or its equivalent. Any amount greater than this could lead to criminal charges and possible fines or jail time depending on the severity of the situation.  These limits vary for a caregiver cardholder. 

Where Can I Use It?

Recreational marijuana is allowed only in private residences. It cannot be used in public spaces such as parks or streets, even if it is legal in your state. Smoking indoors is still prohibited by law, so if you plan on consuming cannabis then you must do so outdoors away from public spaces and buildings. Private businesses may also be able to prohibit the use of recreational marijuana on their premises provided they post signs indicating such restrictions clearly visible from outside the building or property line.  

Can I Grow My Own?

Adults 21 and over can now enjoy cultivating their own cannabis plants from the comfort of home!. With a consumer personal cultivation card, individuals are legally allowed to tend up to six flowering marijuana plants within an enclosed, locked facility. Plus, under special circumstances, two people who possess valid cards may partner together in one private residence. However, you must inform the department ahead of time. Both parties combined are responsible for no more than twelve flowering marijuana plants, twelve nonflowering plants 14 inches tall or taller, plus another dozen shorter ones. Visit the state’s website on personal cultivation to learn more.

While recreational marijuana has been legalized in Missouri, it’s important to understand all the restrictions and regulations surrounding its use and possession before using it yourself. For more information about Amendment 2 or what is permissible under its rules, contact your local law enforcement office or visit websites like health.mo.gov which provide detailed information regarding the new law and its limitations. Enjoying recreation cannabis responsibly will help ensure everyone enjoys its benefits safely.

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