Missouri has recently passed Amendment 3, fundamentally changing the legal landscape of marijuana use in the state. This development has led to the establishment of new rules and regulations under the Health Services Regulation Division of Cannabis Regulation.
Adult-use marijuana is now accessible to consumers aged twenty-one and above. They can purchase up to 3 ounces in a single transaction and possess the same amount at any given time. Notably, these purchases are subject to a 6% tax plus any applicable local taxes. This move marks a significant shift in Missouri’s approach to cannabis regulation.
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in Missouri has been proactive following the approval of Amendment 3. Just two days after the amendment’s passage on December 8, 2022, draft program rules were released. These rules outline a new framework for facilities transitioning to adult-use operations and extend the validity of patient cards to three years.
In a noteworthy development slated for August 2024, the DHSS will begin reviewing applications for microbusinesses, offering new opportunities for smaller cannabis enterprises. This approach indicates a comprehensive and inclusive strategy for cannabis industry expansion in Missouri.
For those seeking further information, the Division of Cannabis Regulation can be contacted through various means. Their office is located in Jefferson City, MO, with a toll-free access line and an email address for general inquiries, providing ample opportunities for public engagement and clarification on the new regulations.
Amidst these changes, there have been concerns about the potential social and health impacts. Critics have raised alarms about the high THC content in recreational marijuana and the influence of the marijuana industry, often termed “Big Weed.” This criticism reflects the ongoing debate surrounding marijuana legalization and its implications.
Additionally, the medical marijuana program in Missouri has seen significant financial developments. As of September 15, 2022, the Department announced the transfer of $13 million to the Missouri Veterans Commission, bringing the total contribution to over $26 million. This move underscores the economic impact of the marijuana program beyond its primary regulatory function.
Overall, Missouri’s journey from ballot to implementation of its medical marijuana program has been a complex one, marked by significant legal and regulatory changes. The introduction of emergency rules to adapt to these changes indicates the state’s commitment to evolving its cannabis policy in response to societal needs and legal mandates.