Amendment 3 passes in Missouri, legalizing cannabis by a margin of 53 to 47 on November 8th. Possession will become legal for all adults age 21 and older on December 8th, 2022. Missouri citizens will be allowed to purchase up to three ounces per day and plans to integrate existing medical marijuana businesses into “comprehensive” (medical and adult-use) businesses will begin possibly as soon as February 8th, 2023. Additionally, cannabis will be legal to grow at home with a $100 annually renewable “homegrow” card.
Amazing news for Missourians!
Joining Missouri is Maryland, who is now the 20th state in the United States to approve recreational marijuana possession and sales. The Maryland constitution will now reflect that adults 21 and older can use and possess marijuana legally, and criminal records for now-legal activities will be automatically expunged. The legality goes into effect as of July 1st 2023 and will allow adults to possess up to 1.5 ounces, with retail cannabis sales planned to come sometime in 2024 or 2025. Congratulations Maryland!
Senator John Hickenlooper introduces the “PREPARE” act, which aims to set up framework for legalization of cannabis at the federal level. The senator’s office claimed the bill “would establish a fair, honest, and publicly transparent process for the development of regulations at the federal level that incorporates many of the lessons learned by states who have previously legalized cannabis.”
Minnesota Senators signal plans to advance legal cannabis in their state by 2023 thanks to the newly voted-in Democratic majority. Previously in Minnesota, cannabis legalization has passed the house under Democratic leadership, but the reform was consistently blocked by the previously Republican Senate. This is the first time since 2014 that Minnesotan Democrats held the Senate, and Senator Erin Murphy said that members “are going to get together for the first time tomorrow to begin to talk about the agenda, but it is important to remember that legalization of cannabis is a popular issue across the state.” We’re rooting for you Minnesota!