On Nov. 3, voters in both blue and red states chose to legalize cannabis. In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota, voters approved ballot initiatives for recreational use of cannabis. Mississippi and South Dakota approved its use for medicinal purposes, as well. Now, 35 states have some form of legal cannabis.
Many states have enacted their own laws regarding the production, distribution and use of cannabis. The plant and its derivatives, however, remain illegal at the federal level under the Controlled Substances Act. Despite the illegality of the plant, the federal government has neglected to enforce compliance in states with legal forms of cannabis since the Obama administration.
In 2018, the state of Missouri passed Amendment 3, which legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes. This means any Missouri resident with an approved medical cannabis card can consume, and even possibly grow, marijuana. After nearly two years, the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in St. Louis in October.
For some, it seems this happened in Missouri almost overnight. Nick Pohlman, a Missouri resident, left the state to serve in the U.S. Navy prior to the medical…
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