Missouri is the 31st state in the United States of America to legalize access to medical cannabis. As of December 6th, 2018, medical cannabis is legal in the state of Missouri. Hold your horses if you think you’re going to go down and get cannabis right away though. There is an approval process that takes 30 days at a time with two phases. Once you’ve applied for your medical cannabis card though, you cannot be arrested or charged for possession unless it’s higher than the amount allowed by law or you’re denied your medical cannabis card.
Amendment 2 was approved by Missouri voters while Amendment 3 was not. Amendment 2 is backed by New Approach Missouri and won with an impressive 65% support. This constitutional amendment allowed the framework for physicians to recommend cannabis to qualifying patients. To be a qualifying patient in the state of Missouri, you must have 1 of 9 qualifying conditions. Some of the conditions you can receive a medical cannabis recommendation for are seizures, cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, or any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition that a professional physician sees fit to recommend cannabis for.
A spokesman for New Approach Missouri Jack Cardetti was quoted saying, “In becoming the 31st state to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with serious and debilitating illnesses, Missourians showed that increasing healthcare treatment options for patients and supporting veterans are bipartisan Missouri values.”
The medical cannabis program in the state of Missouri will be overseen by the DHHS (Department of Health and Senior Services.) DHSS limits patients to purchasing 4 oz of cannabis per month unless otherwise recommended by their physician. Don’t worry though if you think that’s not enough herb. Doctors in the state of Missouri can still prescribe as many narcotic pain pills as they would like. Legal medical cannabis in the state of Missouri stands to infuse an estimated 18 million dollars to help the state’s operating cost as well as underfunded veterans programs in the state of Missouri.