Prior to November 9, 2022, nineteen states, the District of Columbia, and two other U.S. territories legalized recreational marijuana in some form. As of November 9, Maryland and Missouri join the list of recreational cannabis states.
Maryland citizens passed Question 4 permitting recreational cannabis in the state. It includes charging the legislature with providing guidelines for the use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation of cannabis. Beginning in July 2023, Maryland residents will be able to possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis. Additionally, they will be able to purchase cannabis from licensed cannabis retailers in Maryland. To learn more from a consumer perspective, visit the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website.
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Missouri citizens passed Amendment 3, permitting recreational cannabis in the state and prohibiting the discrimination on the basis of medical cannabis use. The Amendment becomes effective on December 8, 2022. The Amendment legalizes the purchase, possession, consumption, use, delivery, and manufacture or sale of cannabis for those 21 and older. However, municipalities can still ban recreational cannabis through public vote. Employers can additionally discipline employees for working while under the influence of recreational cannabis. Of important note, this Amendment also includes a new anti-discrimination provision that applies to medical cannabis users. The Amendment states that employers may not discriminate against employees or potential employees if they participate in the states medical cannabis program.
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In conclusion, we happily welcome Maryland and Missouri to the list of Recreational Cannabis States. We can’t wait to see the industry spread into other states and eventually become federally legal.