| Posted on Sun, March, 12th 2017 by THCFinder
Missouri marijuana laws have changed in 2017. Is marijuana legal in Missouri? Marijuana isn’t legal in Missouri; but it’s less illegal than it used to be. Here is why:
Up until January 1, 2017, possession of any amount of marijuana, no matter how small, was considered at least a Class A misdemeanor. A ‘Class A’ misdemeanor carries a possible jail sentence from 1 day to 1 year in the county jail. This meant that if a defendant was caught with marijuana, even a single joint, the judge had the authority to put the defendant in jail for a year if he wanted to. As of January 1, 2017 possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana is now a Class D misdemeanor, so long the defendant has no prior drug convictions. A ‘Class D’ misdemeanor carries NO jail time and a maximum fine of $500. This essentially decriminalizes recreational possession. However, possession of marijuana over 10 grams or a previous conviction for possession of marijuana, can elevate the charge back to a Class A misdemeanor. It is important to note that although a first offense is not punishable by jail time, a second conviction would be. Therefore, it is important to preserve your criminal record if you are in fact charged with this offense. Many times a lawyer may be able to negotiate an outcome that is not considered a “conviction” and therefore under the law, if you ever got caught again, you would still be considered a first time offender.