Missouri will soon join a number of other states where medical marijuana usage is legal. However, as KQ2’s Ron Johnson reports, people need to be aware of some of the new law’s legal limitations.
After Tuesday’s vote, medical marijuana will soon be legal in the show me state and advocates of the drug say many already have questions. What happens now? When can I get a card? When can I start growing? How do I open a dispensary? Steven is the president of a group that advocates for marijuana reform. He says the perception of the drug as a gateway for teens is now out dated. It’s not for young people who want to rage. With so much interest in the new law, it’s important that Missourians understand it only extends as far as the state’s boundaries.
Brandan: Regardless of Missouri law change, it is still illegal here in Kansas. Kansas isn’t going to give you a pass if you get pulled over in Kansas with marijuana because you have a prescription in Missouri.
Brandan Davies is an attorney based in Overland Park. He says people who live in areas near the state’s border with Kansas should be extra careful. He says if you’re caught in the sunflower state with marijuana, you could be prosecuted.
Brandan: They can potentially be facing some life altering consequences if they happen to interact with law enforcement and law enforcement finds that marijuana.
For now, both advocates and attorneys say exactly how medical marijuana will play out remains to be seen. But the biggest takeaway is knowing the laws so that you don’t become a target.
Brandan: “Anytime there is a change in the law, especially a dramatic shift in policy, you don’t want to be the first guy figuring it all out for everybody.”
The new medical marijuana law will officially go into effect on December 6.
Brandan Davies discussing Missouri Marijuana legalization and its impact on Kansas