Missouri’s marijuana industry continues booming as the one-year anniversary of commercial recreational sales approaches.
Jack Cardetti is with MoCannTrade, the trade organization that represents Missouri’s cannabis industry. He said one reason why is the requirement that all marijuana sold in Missouri must be grown in Missouri.
“It’s really part of federal law because again…you would run afoul of federal law if you were growing it in some state and then crossing state lines into Missouri,” Cardetti said. “One of the things that every adult-use state, including Missouri, has to do is all of it has to be self-contained within the state borders.”
Cardetti said the requirement is also a big part of the reason why marijuana sales reached $1.2 billion during the first eleven months of recreational sales in Missouri.
“We’re talking about, you know, cannabis being grown here in the state of Missouri, cannabis being turned into an edible or a vape or a tincture here in Missouri and then in one of about 205 dispensaries in Missouri are the ones that are selling that at retail,” he said. “All that has to take place within our state’s borders.”
Missouri voters passed Amendment 3 in November 2022. One month later, possession of three ounces of marijuana or less was decriminalized. Recreational sales of marijuana began February 3rd, 2023.
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