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    Visiting a Dispensary in St. Louis, MO

    A modern city along the Mississippi River, St. Louis has long been considered a central hub of the Midwest. While the city offers a vibrant lifestyle and numerous amenities—and does allow for legal medical marijuana use—it’s illegal for residents and visitors to purchase or use recreational cannabis.

    The Lowdown on St. Louis Cannabis Laws

    While it’s still illegal to use cannabis in the state for recreational use, Senate Bill 491 decriminalized the use of marijuana. The bill was passed in 2014 and went into effect in 2017, and applies to any use or possession of 10 grams of cannabis or under. Only a fine can be charged for this type of use. 

    In 2018, the state of Missouri passed Amendment 2, making the use of cannabis for medical reasons legal. However, it  wasn’t until late 2019 that the state started issuing licenses to Kansas City dispensaries and other businesses. 

    Recreational Cannabis Laws in St. Louis

    It’s not legal to use weed in St. Louis for recreational purposes. Any sale or distribution of cannabis in the state for recreational use carries a fine of as much as $10,000, and up to four years incarceration. 

    Medical Cannabis Laws in St. Louis

    It’s legal for individuals with a verifiable medical condition to obtain a medical marijuana card in St. Louis. There’s a $25 fee for both patients and caregivers who wish to apply for a card, and $100 for patients who wish to apply for a patient cultivation license. All licensing is managed by the state’s health department. 

    Some of the conditions that a person may qualify include:

    • Cancer

    • Migraines (untreatable with other medications)

    • Chronic, severe medical conditions related to muscle spasms, such as Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome

    • Terminal illness

    • Debilitating psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder 

    • HIV/AIDs

    • Epilepsy 

    A physician may deem a person will benefit from access to medical marijuana otherwise if the individual has a medical condition that is debilitating and chronic. This could include conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, and chronic pain.

    Patients with a medical marijuana card may have u p to 6 cannabis plants for personal use only. 

    How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in St. Louis

    Patients meeting the state health department’s approved conditions list (or with appropriate referrals from their doctor) can get their medical marijuana card by visiting the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website and completing the necessary application and forms.

    In addition, a patient must:

    • Receive a physical certification form from their doctor (which is sent directly to the Department of Health & Senior Services by the physician)

    • Visit the online portal within 30 days to submit a formal application for the card

    • Provide personal photo identification.

    • Show proof of living in the state with a state-issued identification card (such as a driver’s license)

    Where is it Legal to Consume Cannabis in St. Louis

    Medical cannabis is only legal on private property. It’s illegal to use or carry medical marijuana in public or on any private property. 

    How to Buy Cannabis at a St. Louis Dispensary

    Getting weed in Kansas City is only possible for individuals with a medical card. Doing so otherwise is a violation of the state and city laws.

    For those with a medical card, only legal dispensaries are allowed to provide access. There are several locations around the city, with operating hours generally from 9am-5pm, though some remain open later. 

    Cannabis Taxes in St. Louis

    All St. Louis dispensaries must report all earnings from cannabis to the Missouri Department of Revenue. These organizations must collect 4% on the retail sale of marijuana for medical use. The funds are used to support general operations. There are no additional taxes imposed beyond the retail sales tax. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The average price of an 8th in St. Louis

    The average price of an 8th in San Jose is $50. Some of the strains at this price include Green Lantern, Golden Lemons, Zkittlez OG; Banana Punch, 5 Alive, 33 Bananas, Eastern Cut, Figment, Holy Moly, Motorbreath 15, Gelato #33, Durban Poison, Soul Diesel, and The True OG. Other strains include; Fire OG at $25, Ice Cream Cake at $25, Apricot Bubblegum at $30, Blue Dream at $35, Sunset Sherbet at $35, Jack Herer at $25, and White Widow at $60.

    The most popular strain in St. Louis

    The most popular strain in St. Louis is Sour Diesel. It is a sativa-dominant hybrid featuring a pungent diesel scent and light citrus notes. Another highly sought-after strain is White Widow. It is a balanced hybrid strain with a stinging ammonia scent and hints of earthy pine. Its aroma is skunky pungent with hints of exotic berry and hempy spice.

    Laws and regulations in St. Louis

    • It is illegal to purchase and consume adult-use marijuana in Missouri.

    • Medical marijuana facilities must be located not less than 750 feet away from schools and more than 300 feet away from a school, church, or a day-care facility.

    • Public consumption of medical marijuana is illegal.

    • Medical marijuana is legal and patients may purchase and consume cannabis products.

    • The operation of marijuana dispensaries must be between 8 a.m and 10 p.m.

    • It is illegal to export cannabis products from one state to another.

    • Possession of a maximum of 10 grams or less of marijuana flower is considered a misdemeanor.

    Flower/concentrate/edible possession limit in St. Louis

    Medical patients may possess cannabis products of up to four ounces (113.3 grams) for a 30-days supply. However, possession of not more than a 90-day supply of dried, unprocessed marijuana is legal if it is grown on personal property and up to a 60-days supply for non-growers. Patients and caregivers may possess up to 20 fluid ounces or 591.5 milliliters of low THC hemp extract unless recommended by a physician to possess more. Two patients may grow up to 12 flowering plants, 12 nonflowering plants, and 12 clones, and, with a third patient, may grow an additional six flowering plants, six nonflowering plants, and six clones, with a maximum of 18 flowering plants, in a closed, secure space. 

    Difference between a storefront and a dispensary

    A storefront sells cannabis to consumers for adult use, while a dispensary sells medical marijuana derivatives to patients. It is illegal to purchase and consume adult-use marijuana in Missouri.

    In a legal adult-use, or recreational, storefront, adults 21 years and older don’t need a medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis products, while in a dispensary, medical patients must have a valid marijuana card to buy marijuana. 

    A patient has to be diagnosed by a physician and have records about their condition to gain access to a dispensary, while in a storefront, you don’t need any medical records to buy cannabis. 

    Difference between adult-use, or recreational, and medical 

    Adult-use, or recreational, cannabis is used by adult consumers for enjoyment whereas medical cannabis is used by patients to treat chronic medical conditions or symptoms. It is illegal to purchase and consume adult-use marijuana in Missouri.

    Medical patient benefits in St. Louis

    • Medical marijuana patients may work with their physician to combine standard treatment with medical cannabis products. 

    • Qualified patients under the age of 18 may access medical marijuana products with a valid medical marijuana registration and caregiver over the age of 21. 

    • Medical marijuana patients with a valid medical marijuana card are not subject to penalties for the possession of cannabis

    Medical marijuana information in St. Louis 

    To qualify for a medical marijuana card in St. Louis, you must be a resident of Missouri with a valid Missouri ID to show proof of residency. If you don’t have an ID, then a passport or other documents showing proof of residency can be used. These documents can be a utility bill, a bank statement, etc. 

    Medical marijuana patients 18 years and above or minors with caregivers must have a debilitating condition diagnosed by a qualified physician.

    The patient must make an appointment with a qualified physician to be approved through an examination.

    You must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis.

    An application fee of $25 is paid to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for approving applications. 

    Where does the St. Louis Marijuana tax information go? 

    St. Louis’s cannabis tax revenue is used to finance many projects. Part of the money is used to renovate schools within St. Louis and the entire state of Missouri. The tax money is also used to improve public safety within St. Louis by recruiting more officers into the police department. The remaining portion is used to sponsor education awareness programs such as the dangers of drug abuse in youth.

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