Answers To Common Questions About Marijuana Laws

Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. Many more states have legalized medical marijuana. Unfortunately, with a patchwork of conflicting state and federal laws affecting marijuana possession, it's easy to be charged with a crime for doing something you thought was legal — especially when transporting marijuana from one state to another.

The following provides answers to common questions about marijuana laws. Our lawyers regularly defend people charged with possession and distribution of marijuana in Missouri.

Is Marijuana Legal In Missouri?

Missouri may soon legalize medical marijuana for patients with certain conditions such as cancer and glaucoma. However, until the state legislature passes the law and the governor signs it, possession of marijuana for any reason is a crime in Missouri.

Even if Missouri legalizes medical marijuana, possession of marijuana for recreational use (or a nonqualifying medical use) will still be a criminal offense.

Has Missouri Decriminalized Marijuana?

In 2014, Missouri reduced the penalties for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana to a fine only, meaning that you will not be given jail time. However, the crime is still classified as a misdemeanor, which means that you may end up with a criminal record that could affect you for the rest of your life.

What If I Obtained Medical Marijuana With A Prescription In Another State?

While you can obtain medical marijuana legally in another state with a prescription, you can be charged with a crime if you bring the drug into Missouri. Possession of marijuana is still illegal in Missouri, even if you have a prescription.

What If I Bought The Marijuana Legally In Another State?

While you can buy marijuana legally in some states, possession of the drug will become a crime if you bring it back to Missouri.

Is It Legal To Possess A Marijuana Pipe?

Marijuana pipes, papers and even baggies used to transport marijuana are considered drug paraphernalia. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, subject to a fine and jail time.

For More Information About Missouri Marijuana Laws

If you are arrested for possession of marijuana in St. Louis or anywhere in Missouri, talk to our attorneys before you talk to police. Our attorneys know how to build effective defenses to minimize the consequences of an arrest. Call 314-499-1282 (toll free at 866-489-5504) for a free initial consultation.