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Feb 3, 2023

Legal recreational pot sales begin for Missouri adults

Recreational marijuana sales in Missouri officially began Friday after the state health department unexpectedly began issuing dispensary permits early.

Mike Parson speaks to the Missouri Legislature
Jan 19, 2023

Governor’s budget seeks increases for Missouri courts

Gov. Mike Parson's budget recommendations acknowledge that the state’s courts will need additional funding to cover the costs of expunging criminal records as required by a voter-approved marijuana amendment.

Dan Viets stands in front of the Boone County Courthouse
Jan 12, 2023

Missouri courts, attorneys grappling with marijuana expungement requirements

Automatic expungements under Missouri’s new marijuana law are adding up to question marks in the courts and for attorneys processing the expungements.

Image of a marijuana leaf
Jan 11, 2023

Growing cannabis industry will need lots of legal advice

Missouri’s nascent cannabis industry is about to shift into overdrive, and Missouri lawyers are along for the ride.

Dec 8, 2022

Marijuana now legal in Missouri, but you can’t buy it yet

As of Thursday, it's lawful for adults to possess and use marijuana in Missouri. That doesn't mean you can legally buy it just yet, or use it everywhere.

Nov 2, 2022

Medical marijuana firms lead donors for legal weed campaigns

An analysis of campaign finance data by The Associated Press shows that marijuana legalization campaigns have raised about $23 million in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Sep 21, 2022

Appeals court OKs pot measure, leaves health officials in lurch

In politically salient back-to-back rulings, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Sept. 12 and 13 cleared the way for a recreational marijuana measure to appear on the November ballot and left in place a circuit court ruling that limits the ability of local health authorities to respond to the pandemic.

Sep 9, 2022

Judge tosses suit against Missouri recreational pot measure

A Missouri judge on Friday tossed out a lawsuit that sought to knock a recreational marijuana proposal off the Nov. 8 ballot.

Aug 22, 2022

Lawsuit filed to knock recreational pot off Missouri ballot

An anti-drug group on Monday announced support for a lawsuit to take a recreational marijuana legalization proposal off Missouri’s November ballot.

Aug 17, 2022

Missouri voters to weigh forgiveness for past marijuana crimes

Missouri could become the first state to pass a voter-led effort to require courts to automatically forgive past marijuana crimes as part of a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational pot on November's ballot.

Jan 30, 2020

Lawsuit: Kansas Highway Patrol targets out-of-state drivers

Ninety-three percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s traffic stops in 2017 involved cars with out-of-state plates, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice as an infringement on motorists’ constitutional rights. In an amended lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of three plaintiffs, including two Oklahoma brothers who initially filed the complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union [...]

Jan 2, 2020

Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans — many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries. About 500 people were outside Dispensary 33 in Chicago. Renzo Mejia made the first legal purchase in the shop shortly after 6 a.m., the earliest that Illinois’ […]

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