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Missourian's legalize recreational marijuana use


Missouri made history Tuesday, November 8, when voters passed Amendment 3: the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state of Missouri. The measure passed statewide in Missouri 53% to 47%, according to The Associated Press, with 96% of the vote reported.

According to the Secretary of State of Missouri's website, the amendment now legalizes the purchase, possession, consumption, use, delivery, manufacturing, and sale of marijuana for personal use for adults over the age of 21; allow individuals convicted of non-violent marijuana-related offenses to petition to be released from incarceration and/or have their records expunged; and enact a 6 percent tax on the sale of marijuana.

The use of recreational and medical marijuana has been approved in 21 states, however, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

While the amendment does not go into effect until Dec. 8, the Department of Health and Senior Services has been working behind the scenes to prepare for the transitions of medical license holders to simple recreational licenses.

The Marshfield Mail will continue to report on the legalization of recreational marijuana as changes begin to take effect.


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