Missouri Medical Marijuana Laws and Regulations
In 2014, Missouri passed HB 2238, which creates a legal right for certain patients to obtain, possess, and use “hemp extracts” in limited circumstances. The law defines a “hemp extract” as a preparation of cannabis that contains at least 5% CBD and no more than 0.3% THC. Only patients with a seizure disorder and a recommendation from a neurologist are eligible to obtain a “hemp registration card,” which entitles them to access and legal protections. Patients are allowed to purchase hemp extracts from two state-regulated “Cannabidiol oil care centers.”
In 2015, the Department of Agriculture (DOA) to granted the two allowed licenses and in 2016, the centers began serving patients.
SB 491 takes effect January 1, 2017, decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana, eliminating the possibility of jail time for possession of up to 10 grams. Protections against jail time apply only to individuals without prior marijuana convictions.