Status of marijuana-related legislation by state as of December 31, 2014.
- Rep. Brandon Ellington prefiled House Joint Resolution 15 and House Bill 166 on December 5.
- HJR 15 contains the text of a proposed ballot initiative amending the state constitution to legalize marijuana.
- HB 166 would allow Missourians to have minor criminal offenses, including marijuana offenses, expunged from their records.
- Sen. Perry Clark prefiled the Cannabis Compassion Act on December 11.
- The bill, S.B. 40, proposes a working medical marijuana system for the state.
Decriminalization and Medical Marijuana
- House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford and 3 others prefiled House Bill 3117 and House Bill 3140, both on December 11.
- H.B. 3117 is a marijuana decriminalization bill. Simple possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana or 10 grams of hashish would be a $200 fine.
- H.B. 3140 — or the Put Patients First Act — would create a medical marijuana system for the state.
- Both bills have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which Rutherford heads.
- Delegates David Albo and Patrick Hope prefiled House Bill 1445 on December 29.
- Among other things, the bill would add epilepsy as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program. Currently, glaucoma and cancer are the only qualifying conditions.
Decriminalization and Legalization
- Rep. Mark Cardenas prefiled House bills 2006 and 2007 on December 29.
- H.B. 2006 proposes to decriminalize simple marijuana possession and reduce other marijuana-related penalties. Possession of up to one ounce would be a civil penalty and $100 fine.
- H.B. 2007 would amend the state constitution to legalize marijuana for adult use. A vote of 2/3 of both Senate and House would be needed to enact it.
- Sen. Daniel Squadron prefiled Senate Bill 137.
- S.B. 137 would decriminalize possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana. Offenders would receive a citation and $100 fine.