Missouri is not known for being very easy-going when it comes to the law, and unfortunately marijuana growing is no exception. The “Show-Me” state has not decriminalized marijuana, doesn’t have a medical marijuana program and still uses mandatory minimums. You can’t really say that Missouri is, doing any progressive rulings when it comes to Missouri marijuana growing- but would you really expect that from a state whose legal policies have already gained worldwide attention?
It used to be that Missouri marijuana growing was treated the same as possession. This meant that it was considered a misdemeanor to possess up to 35 grams. Now, however, the laws have changed to specifically recognize cultivate differently. While that might sound like a good thing, it actually means that growing up to 35 grams of marijuana is a felony.
The laws regarding possession, meanwhile, have also change a bit in recent years. If you are found possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana, it is a misdemeanor with no jail time and a $500 fine. If you are found with the same amount for a second time, however, you could land in jail for a year, plus get a $2000 fine. The penalty becomes a felony when a person is in possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana, which could end up with 7 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Oftentimes this much marijuana is considered “intent to distribute,” and that could lead to even more time in jail.
Distribution is clearly Missouri’s main concern, with a potential life sentence for people growing and/or distributing large amounts (100 kg or more), or distributing near a school, park, or public housing.
Missouri does not have a medical marijuana program, but it does allow the use of Medical CBD for those with intractable epilepsy. The medical CBD program defines the use of twenty ounces of high CBD cannabis extracts with no more than .03 of one percent of THC as legal for patients. The problem is, cannabis with those percentages are hard to find. So many patients soon discover that medical CBD isn’t a reliable solution. The good news is, at least Missouri is finally recognizing the benefits of cannabis.
Missouri also does not have a tax stamp program, unlike many neighboring states. This means that those arrested with marijuana will not have to pay tax in addition to any other charges. Tax stamps are popular among states that have not legalized because governments can make money on the marijuana industry without legalizing it. Missouri has not become a part of that process.
Growing in Missouri
If you plan to grow weed in Missouri, the best way to do it is by staying small. If you grow a lot of plants and you are caught, police may try and claim you are a drug dealer. That is the last thing you want – especially if you were just growing a little extra for saving up.
Missouri Marijuana growing has to be discrete. You should grow plants so they will not be seen. There are some great tips on how to do this in my Marijuana Grow Bible. Keep your grow to yourself, and you should be able to reasonably stay out of trouble.
Since you, hopefully, are not going to grow a lot of plants, you should focus on growing plants with a high yield. This means, get some seeds that will grow into potent plants. If your weed is strong, you don’t have to be bothered with carrying a lot. Read this article about maximizing marijuana yields.