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Intro to Missouri Cannabis Laws – Medical to Recreational

Medical cannabis legalized (2018) 

In November 2018, Missouri residents approved with 66% of the vote a ballot measure (Amendment 2) to legalize the medical use of cannabis. The measure allows qualified patients to grow up to six cannabis plants and purchase an amount of cannabis per month to be determined by state regulators (required to be at least 4 ounces). The measure set a 4% tax rate on medical cannabis sales with proceeds to be earmarked for services for military veterans. Although several qualifying conditions are specified, the law additionally allows cannabis to be recommended for any “chronic, debilitating or other medical condition” for which a physician determines there would be a benefit, as well as for any terminal illness. 

Also on the ballot with Amendment 2 were two other medical cannabis initiatives that were defeated. Amendment 3 contained a narrower set of qualifying conditions, a higher tax rate of 15 percent, and would not have allowed home cultivation. It failed with 32 percent of the vote. A third measure, Proposition C, was a statutory change as opposed to a constitutional amendment. It set a two percent tax rate and contained no home grow provision. It failed with 44 percent of the vote

The first licensed sales of medical cannabis occurred on October 17, 2020. By this time there were 192 licensed dispensaries in the state, most of which were expected to open by the end of the year. 

Recreational cannabis legalized (2022) 

On August 9, 2022, Secretary of State announced that an initiative would appear on the November 2022 ballot to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Designated as Amendment 3 on the ballot, the initiative sought to: 

  • allow adults 21 and over to possess up to three ounces of cannabis.
  • allow home cultivation of six flowering cannabis plants, six nonflowering plants, and six clones for registered individuals who pay a $100 annual fee.
  • allow the sale of cannabis at dispensaries licensed by the state with a 6% sales tax imposed.
  • divide tax revenue up between expunging non-violent cannabis offenses, providing healthcare for veterans, providing substance abuse treatment, and funding the state’s public defender system.
  • allow local governments to assess a sales tax of up to 3%

On November 8, 2022, Missouri voters approved Amendment 3 by a 53–47 margin. Possession of cannabis for adults 21 and over became legal on December 8, 2022. The first licensed sales of recreational cannabis occurred on February 3, 2023. 

On the April 4, 2023, election, many counties and cities in Missouri approved the additional sales tax of 3%

Kind Goods accepts both Medical & Recreational guests at all our locations. We currently offer discounts for both groups and provide the same level of service to both.