Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Missouri today

FERGUSON, Mo. — A month ago, Missourians voted “yes” to Amendment 3, which legalizes recreational marijuana in the state.

Anyone 21 or older who doesn’t have a medical marijuana card can purchase one for recreational use. However, you can’t just walk into a dispensary and buy marijuana, at least not yet.

“We have to submit a letter that basically says yes, we want our comprehensive license as opposed to just a medical license,” said Tom Bommarito of Greenlight Dispensary.

Bommarito advised that a pharmacy should be approved if it has no violations, is in good standing with its license, and is paying its fees.

The Missouri Department of Health then has 60 days, beginning December 8, to approve any application.

Bommarito also said cities will receive an additional 3% sales tax.

“Right now the state is spending about $35 million a month through all 190 pharmacies that are currently open, but they expect that to be 2.5 times that. So they believe this will generate about $84 million a month in local tax revenue.”

Does the legalization of marijuana, taking effect December 8th in Missouri, mean you can use or buy marijuana products anytime?

The answer is no, the law only allows you to carry up to three ounces for recreational purposes and up to six ounces for medical purposes.

The amendment does not permit the use of marijuana in the workplace, although this may depend on company policy.

It found that the law does not prohibit employers from disciplining employees who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The change also doesn’t prevent employers from hiring drunk people.

Rachelle McCain said she was excited. She uses marijuana medicinally but says she knows many people who would benefit from its legalization.

“My mother. Sometimes I give her some because she’s lost weight and has kidney problems,” McCain revealed. “That whets her appetite.”

Anyone under the age of 21 can be fined or charged for possession or use of marijuana.

Recreational marijuana has been legal in Illinois since January 2020. If you have questions about the new Missouri law, you can visit our website at and we have a link to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services where you can find out more details. Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Missouri today

Sarah Y. Kim

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