Missouri Marijuana Laws

Missouri may be the Show-me State, but don’t go showing off your marijuana! With some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country, Missouri residents should be aware of the local paraphernalia laws in order to avoid stiff punishments.

Missouri Marijuana Attorneys

The following Missouri lawyers are actively involved in the practice of cannabis law:

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LAW BREAKDOWN

Marijuana is permitted in Missouri only for limited, non-intoxicating medical uses. It is a crime to possess, sell, distribute, traffic, or cultivate the drug for any other reason.

Possession

Simple possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana (slightly more than 1 ounce) is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. If the weight is between 35 grams and 30 kilograms, the top punishment is one year in jail and $5,000.

For weights between 30 and 100 kilograms, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 15, plus up to $20,000 in fines. For weights greater than 100 kilograms, the penalty is a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, as well as up to $20,000.

Sale, Distribution, and Trafficking

It is a felony to sell, distribute, or traffic any amount of marijuana in Missouri. Where the amount is less than 5 grams, the maximum penalty is seven years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Where the amount is between 5 grams and 30 kilograms, the penalty includes at least five years in prison, as many as 15 years, and up to $20,000.

The penalty is also between five and 15 years in prison, plus $20,000 in fines, for the sale, distribution, or trafficking of 30 to 100 kilograms. For more than 100 kilograms, the penalty is at least 10 years in prison, with a maximum term of life without parole and up to $20,000 in fines. The sale of more than 100 kilograms is considered trafficking.

Sale to a minor is a felony punishable by between 5 and 15 years in prison, plus $20,000 in fines. Sale, distribution, or trafficking within 2,000 feet of a school or 1,000 feet of public housing carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and fines of up to $20,000.

Cultivation

Cultivation of cannabis is treated as a possession, sale, distribution, or trafficking offense, with similar weights and penalties.

Hash and Concentrates

There are no special laws regarding possession, sale, distribution, manufacture, or trafficking of hashish or other marijuana concentrates. They are treated the same as dried cannabis flower, with similar weight limits and penalties.

Paraphernalia

Marijuana paraphernalia is illegal in Missouri unless intended, marketed, and designed strictly for legal use. It is illegal to use, or possess with intent to use, any item that can be used in the production, cultivation, harvesting, processing, testing, analysis, storage, or consumption of marijuana.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Sale is a felony with a maximum penalty of four years in prison and $5,000.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Missouri passed legislation allowing the medicinal use of CBD extract in April 2014. To qualify, patients who suffer from seizures must prove that previous treatment regimens have failed.

Qualifying conditions – Intractable epilepsy

Patient possession limits – 20 ounces of marijuana extract containing at least five percent CBD and less than three-tenths of one percent THC

Home cultivation – No

State-licensed dispensaries – Yes

Caregivers – No

Reciprocity – No

Contact information – NA

PENALTIES

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine

Possession

Less than 35 g Misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
35 g – 30 kg Felony 1 year $ 5,000
More than 30 – less than 100 kg Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
100 kg or more Felony 10 years – life $ 20,000
Possession of more than 100 kilograms is considered trafficking.

Sale, Trafficking, or Distribution

Less than 5 g Felony 7 years $ 5,000
5 g – 30 kg Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
More than 30 – less than 100 kg Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
100 kg or more Felony 10 years – life* $ 20,000
500 plants or more Felony 10 years – life* $ 20,000
Within 2000 feet of a school or 1000 feet of public housing Felony 10 years – life $ 20,000
To a minor Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
* No probation or parole

Cultivation

See Possession and Sale sections for details.

Hash & Concentrates

Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.

Paraphernalia

Possession of paraphernalia Misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Sale of paraphernalia Felony 4 years $ 5,000

Miscellaneous

Possession or use of marijuana results in a driver’s license suspension if under the age of 21.