Places that have decriminalized non-medical cannabis in the United States
Cannabis is not decriminalized on a statewide basis in Missouri, although since 1999, as with all other drugs in Missouri, first-time cases of possession of cannabis no longer are prosecuted in ordinary state court, but rather in specialized drug courts. By law, treatment, rather than punishment, is the express object of any drug court action in Missouri. Despite the drug courts, however, as it stands, simple possession of less than 35 grams of cannabis is a class-A misdemeanor in Missouri, theoretically punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $1000.
In 2004, voters in the city of Columbia passed Proposition 2 by 61-39 percent. Proposition 2 made cannabis the "lowest priority" for law enforcement, and for possession of cannabis under 35 grams (1.25 ounces) the offense was reduced municipally to a civil fine of a maximum of $250, with no possibility of criminal retribution, arrest, or incarceration. That law has since been revised, allowing only first time offenders to escape prosecution and instead pay the fine
Effort underway to legalize marijuana in Missouri
Former prosecutor says pot law enforcement wastes resources
Sensible marijuana bills stall despite public support Two bills that would have improved Missouri's marijuana policies died in committee without getting a vote during the 2013 legislative session. House Bill 688, introduced by Rep. Mike Colona, would have removed criminal penalties for the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients with their doctors' recommendations. Meanwhile, House Bill 512, introduced by Rep. Rory Ellinger, would have reduced penalties for possession of marijuana for adults. Neither of these bills advanced during the session, largely due to the efforts of Missouri Speaker of the House, Rep. Timothy Jones, who prevented the bills from moving forward.
Despite the fact that legislative leadership stood in the way of these bills receiving a vote, Missourians are ready for a change. In a poll conducted in March by Show Me Cannabis, residents favored legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana by a margin of 54-44% when the proposed system was explained.