After the approval of Amendment 3 legalising marijuana for recreational use on November 8, various questions have been raised. These frequently asked questions have been provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to kick off the discussion.
- When Will Pot Be Legally Sold to Adults?
When the law changes on December 8, 2022, people will be able to legally possess up to three ounces of marijuana. However, until licensees of medical facilities change to complete facilities, Missourians won’t be able to buy marijuana at a dispensary.
The government started accepting applications from the licensees of preexisting medical facilities to expand their operations and become comprehensive facilities on December 8, 2022. Given that the government has until February 2023 (60 days from receipt) to make a decision on such requests, merchandise for adults could become available then.
Once licenced, individual medical marijuana dispensaries can set their own schedules for when they begin selling to adults. If you want to know when a nearby dispensary that has been granted a licence to sell marijuana to the public will open, you should contact them directly. The relevant department’s website will have additional details. Keep checking cannabis.mo.gov for updates as they become available.
- When Will the Department Begin Accepting Applications for New Health Care or General Care Facilities?
No new applications for medical or comprehensive licences will be accepted at this time because of the fact that existing medical licences can convert to comprehensive licences, which can sell marijuana to both patients and consumers. At least six months in advance, our website will announce application periods for any new facility applications that the department will be receiving.
Department of Health to start accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensaries serving individual consumers on February 6. If passed, this will legalise the indoor cultivation of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 for their own, non-commercial usage. The relevant department’s website will have additional details.
- Who Qualifies as A Consumer, Exactly?
Someone who is of legal drinking age in their country is considered a consumer.
- When Can I Submit an Application to Upgrade My Medical Licence to One that Covers All Professions?
Beginning on December 8th, 2022, conversion requests could be submitted.
- Is There Paperwork Involved for Those Who Hold a Medical Marijuana Testing or Transportation Licence to Upgrade to A Full One?
On December 8, 2022, those who currently hold licences to conduct tests on medical marijuana or transport medical marijuana will automatically be upgraded to those to conduct tests on marijuana or transport marijuana. When this happens, businesses with permits to do marijuana testing and transport will be able to serve all legal marijuana businesses.
- To What Date Will Applications for Licences to Operate a Microbusiness Facility Be Accepted by The Relevant Government Agency?
On or before September 4, the Department will begin accepting applications for licences to operate microbusiness facilities. As of no later than June 6th, application forms will be made available.
- Distinctions Between the Adult-Use and Medical Programmes
Since the 8th of December, 2022, the usual allowance for patients with valid ID cards is six ounces, or more upon doctor’s suggestion, within a 30-day period, and the tax rate for medical purchases is 4%.
Only those above the age of 21 are legally allowed to acquire marijuana for recreational purposes. There is a limit of three ounces per transaction and personal possession limit of three ounces per user. In addition to state and local levies, a 6% tax will be applied to all sales of products for use by adults.
- How Would an Adult Customer Access the Dispensary and Make a Purchase?
When making a purchase at a dispensary, customers who are above the age of 18 will need to produce a government-issued photo ID.