Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri failed to pass the state legislature last session or qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot, but nine marijuana-related measures are up for votes in other states on Election Day. As laws and public opinion toward cannabis continue to shift nationwide, the Show-Me State is taking a wait-and-see approach.
Since last year, Missouri law has allowed for limited production of non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) oil extracted from hemp plants to treat kids with intractable epilepsy. Under Missouri’s law, only three companies are licensed to operate in the state under strict regulations.
According to New Approach Missouri, one of the groups which failed to get a medical marijuana proposal on the ballot this year, as many as 150,000 Missourians have medical conditions that could qualify for the drug if laws were changed.
But, as more states continue to expand legal uses for marijuana, similar efforts in Missouri have floundered. Nearly half of all states now permit some form of medical marijuana, including Illinois, and five states, including California, will vote Tuesday on measures that would allow for recreational marijuana use.
Read more: St. Louis Public Radio