Missouri Marijuana Penalties

Updated on May 6, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Missouri Medical Marijuana Penalties

[Note: on Nov 6, 2018 Missouri approved a medical marijuana program – as details evolve, we will be updating the information below. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more.]

Registered patients and their caregivers are allowed to purchase up to four ounces of marijuana from dispensaries every month. The new law also legalizes the personal cultivation of six marijuana plants by patients registered with the program.

The new law allows permit state-licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients diagnosed with the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Intractable Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Terminal illness

The law also permits doctors to recommend cannabis for any chronic, debilitating, or other condition they see fit.

It is a crime to possess, sell, distribute, traffic, or cultivate the drug for any other reason.

Marijuana Possession

Simple possession of up to 10 grams, on a first offense, is a misdemeanor punishable by nothing more than a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses are punishable by up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

The penalty for possessing between 10 and 35 grams is a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. It is a felony to possess between 35 grams and 30 kilograms of marijuana, and the maximum penalty is seven years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Possession of this quantity has historically been considered as intent to distribute.

Sales and Distrubution

It is a felony to sell, distribute, or traffic any amount of marijuana in Missouri. Where the amount is less than 35 grams, the maximum penalty is four years in prison and $10,000 in fines. For amounts of between 35 grams and 30 kilograms, a mandatory minimum of three years applies, and the maximum punishment is 10 years and $10,000 in fines.

CBD from Hemp Oil in Missouri

Hemp-derived CBD products are legal under Federal Law in the United States; however, individual state laws are dynamic and fluid. Individual states may enact their own laws governing hemp-derived CBD.

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