Missouri Marijuana Laws: Overview
Marijuana (cannabis) is no longer illegal in all states, although state laws legalizing its medical or recreational use remain in conflict with federal drug policy. Regardless, Missouri has some of the toughest marijuana laws in the nation -- even simple possession of as little as one gram (roughly one joint) can result in prison time. Missouri also enforces mandatory minimum sentences, which means you will serve a mandatory one-year prison term for possession of at least 35 grams (or one ounce).
Sentences for those convicted of sales, trafficking, or cultivation are much stiffer. For instance, you may be sentenced to as many as seven years in prison for selling less than five grams of cannabis. Selling 30 or more kilograms can get you life in prison, while penalties for cultivation are based on the weight of the plants (which are substantially heavier before being processed).
While you may be able to get probation or a reduced sentence for your first simple possession offense, conviction on marijuana charges could dramatically derail your life plans. Get immediate legal help if you have been charged. the following chart provides additional details about Missouri's marijuana laws. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section to learn more.
|Code Section||195.010, et seq.|
|Possession||Under 35 g.: Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 yr. incarceration and $1,000 fine); 35 g. to 30 kg.: Class C felony (1 yr. incarceration and $5,000 fine); Subsequent offense: subject to prior & persistent offenders statute §195.295; more than 100 kg is considered trafficking.|
|Sale||Less than 5 g.: Class C felony (up to 7 yrs. incarceration and $5,000 fine); 5 g. to 30 kg.: Class B felony (5-15 yrs. incarceration and $20,000 fine); Subsequent offense: subject to prior & persistent offenders statute §195.295; Distribution to minor 17 years old or 2 yrs. junior: Class B felony; Within 2000 ft. of school or public housing: Class A felony|
|Trafficking||Trafficking drugs 1st degree: Distribution /attempt to deliver: 30-100 kg.: Class A felony (10 yrs. to life incarceration and $20,000 fine); 100+ kg.: term of prison for Class A felony without parole; Trafficking in 2nd degree: Buying/attempt to purchase: 30-100 kg.: Class B felony; 100+ kg. or over 500 plants: Class A felony|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Missouri drug crimes attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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Although a number of states have loosened their marijuana laws, including several that have legalized the herb, Missouri is not one of them. A conviction on marijuana charges in the Show Me State can have devestating effects on your life. If you have been charged with a marijuana-related crime, you owe it to yourself to get a free legal evaluation by a local defense attorney.
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