Although cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use in many states, public consumption laws still differ by state. This can make it difficult for consumers to know where they can legally enjoy their medicine.
We’ve put together a helpful guide detailing where you can legally consume cannabis in Missouri.
Regulations on Public Consumption of Cannabis in Missouri
According to Missouri state law, “no qualifying medical marijuana patient is allowed to consume marijuana for medical use in a public place, unless otherwise provided by law”.
Let’s break this down a bit more.
What is Considered a Public Place
19 CSR 30-95.010 defines a public place as “any public or private property, or portion of public or private property, that is open to the general public, including but not limited to, sidewalks, streets, bridges, parks, schools and businesses”.
Although this ruling may seem restricting to some patients, there is an upside. The ruling goes on to state: “for purposes of designating a non-public place within a public place, the owner or entity of any such property may, but is not required to, provide one or more enclosed, private spaces where one qualifying patient may consume medical marijuana.”
It’s possible you may see “consumption areas” available at local places in the future. If you see any such place, be sure to let us know so we can post an update!
Penalties For Consuming Cannabis Publicly in Missouri
- The first offense of possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis is a Class D misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500, but no jail time.
- If a patient has a physician’s recommendation for a medical CBD product, they won’t face prosecution for the possession, so long as they have no more than 20 ounces of the product and the product contains more than 15% CBD and no more than 0.5% THC.
Where To Learn More
If you want to know more, check out 19 CSR 30-95.010 as provided by DHSS.
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