Missouri’s total medical marijuana sales have topped $200 million, 14 months after sales began in the state, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The milestone follows a consistent upward trend in sales. Medical marijuana revenue has increased every month since April, reaching a high of nearly $26 million in November. Total sales for December will not be posted until next month.
Taxes collected on medical marijuana sales in the state, set at 4%, go toward veterans’ health care services.
The current program stipulates that marijuana use is legal only for residents with certain conditions, including cancer, epilepsy and a variety of chronic pains.
However, some advocacy groups like Legal Missouri 2022 are hoping to change that. The groups are collecting signatures to put a recreational marijuana use measure on the ballot.
Such a measure would not only legalize marijuana for Missourians over 21 but also expunge non-violent marijuana charges from criminal records, often one of the main tenets of legalization advocates.
The 2018 ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana passed with about 66% of the vote, and now the current program includes some 158,000 patients and more than 300 facilities statewide.