Missouri voters just approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis last month, and the new law has not taken effect yet. However, it looks like a state lawmaker has no time to waste and is already taking the first steps towards legalizing recreational cannabis.
Because why not, right?
Rep. Brandon Ellington pre-filed a bill that would legalize cannabis across the board in 2019. Ellington pre-filed the bill earlier this week for the upcoming session.
More specifically, the proposed legislation would permit adults in Missouri aged 21 and older to possess, consume, and grow cannabis. They will also be allowed to keep up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six cannabis plants, but only three of which could be mature, flowering plants.
Under the bill, retail sales of recreational pot would still be prohibited. This means that the state would have a form of non-commercial legalization that is the same as the ones in Washington, D.C., and Vermont.
The state’s medical cannabis law, meanwhile, is slated to officially take effect on Thursday, next week.