Missouri Drug Laws
As the laws that regulate controlled substances continue to evolve, it's difficult to keep track of the changes. But it's important to know the drug laws of your state because drug involvement can result in serious charges, such as drug possession, distribution, or trafficking.
Classification of Controlled Substances in Missouri
Missouri categorizes controlled substances into five "schedules." Schedule I substances are considered the most dangerous based on factors including a higher risk of abuse and addiction; Schedule V is the least dangerous of the controlled substances. The classification matters because it determines the severity of the penalties for the offenses.
Marijuana Laws in Missouri
Unlike some states, Missouri hasn't legalized marijuana use either recreationally or medically; possession and cultivation are both illegal. Although there's no medical marijuana program, the state does allow limited use of CBD (a compound in marijuana with medical properties, lacking the "high") for those with intractable epilepsy.
Distribution Laws in Missouri
In Missouri, it's unlawful for any person to distribute, deliver, manufacture, or produce a controlled substance (or to attempt to do so) and it's also unlawful to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, deliver, manufacture, or produce the drug.
Summary of Missouri Drug Laws
When conducting legal research, it's good to read the actual statute in its entirety. However, statutes can be difficult to read because of their length and complex language. That's why it helps to also read a plain English version of the text for better comprehension. See the chart below for a summary of Missouri's drug laws.
Missouri Revised Statutes:
Drug Possession and Cultivation Penalties
Possession of Other Drugs:
Possession of any other type besides marijuana (regardless of amount) is a class C felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison, $10,000 fine.
Drug Distribution Penalties
Distribution is a class B felony (except for 5 grams or less of marijuana), punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years.
Distribution of a controlled substance within 2000 feet of a school is a class A felony (except for 5 grams or less of marijuana), punishable by life imprisonment or a sentence of up to 30 years.
Distribution or delivery of not more than 5 grams of marijuana is a class C felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison.
Missouri's Drug Court Program:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Missouri Drug Laws: Related Resources
- Missouri Criminal Laws
- Missouri Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws
- Missouri Marijuana Laws
- Missouri Cocaine Laws
- Missouri Heroin Laws
Contact an Attorney about Missouri Drug Charges
Missouri's drug laws are some of the harshest in the country. If you're facing charges, then you'll want to take control your case. Contact a criminal law attorney who can evaluate the strength of the case and help mount a persuasive defense on your behalf.
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