Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I join or support Greater St. Louis NORML?

See our membership page to join or donate to Greater St. Louis NORML. Read more about how to get involved. You can also support us by patronizing the businesses, lawyers, and organizations that sponsor us.

2. How can I find a lawyer?

See our sponsors page. We are constantly adding to our list of NORML lawyers who specialize in criminal defense of individuals charged with drug law violations.

3. Is cannabis (marijuana) legal in Missouri?

Possession, distribution, cultivation or using cannabis for any reason is not legal in Missouri. Greater St. Louis NORML is fighting hard to change the laws in Missouri by partnering with activist organizations, legislators and individuals like you.

4. Is CBD oil available in Missouri?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is legal in Missouri, but it is tightly regulated and controlled. CBD use is limited to treat rare forms of epilepsy than cannot be treated with standard FDA approved pharmaceutical drugs.

In 2014, Missouri passed HB 2238, which creates a legal right for certain patients to obtain, possess, and use “hemp extracts” in limited circumstances. The law defines a “hemp extract” as a preparation of cannabis that contains at least 5% CBD and no more than 0.3% THC. Only patients with a seizure disorder and a recommendation from a neurologist are eligible to obtain a “hemp registration card,” which entitles them to access and legal protections. Patients are allowed to purchase hemp extracts from two state-regulated “Cannabidiol oil care centers.” The law also allows the Department of Agriculture to license and regulate growers of cannabis plants to produce the oil to make sure they conform to the CBD and THC stipulations.

5. Where can I find a Missouri physician to recommend CBD oil?

Only neurologists who are licensed in Missouri may issue a written recommendation to a patient to threat intractable epilepsy with CBD oil. Many Missouri neurologists are hesitant to recommend CBD oil to their patients because they fear is would put their medical license in jeopardy. Federal laws list CBD oil as a controlled substance with no medical application.

Greater St. Louis NORML recommends contacting either of the two licensed providers of CBD oil for a list of Medical Doctors who will recommend CBD oil to patients.

Noah’s Arc Foundation Missouri
PO Box 4451, Chesterfield, MO 63006
Website: www.nafmo.org
Email: info@NAFMO.org
Phone: 855-873-4CBD (4223)

BeLeaf Company
13378 Lakefront Drive
Earth City, MO 63045
Website: www.beleafco.com
Email: See Website for Contact Form
Phone: 314-209-0859
Toll-Free Phone: 844-282-4305

6. What are the penalties for possession of cannabis in Missouri?

Amount Charge Sentence Fine
10 g or Less Class D Misdemeanor No Jail Time $250 to $ 1,000
11 g – 35 g Misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
35 g – 30 kg Felony 1 year $ 5,000
More than 30 – less than 100 kg Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
100 kg or more Felony 10 years – life $ 20,000

g = grams kg = kilograms

7. What are the penalties for trafficking or distribution of cannabis in Missouri?

Amount Charge Sentence Fine
Less than 5 g Felony 7 years $ 5,000
5 g – 30 kg Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
More than 30 – less than 100 kg Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
100 kg or more Felony 10 years – life* $ 20,000
500 plants or more Felony 10 years – life* $ 20,000
Within 2000 feet of a school or 1000 feet of public housing Felony 10 years – life $ 20,000
To a minor Felony 5 – 15 years $ 20,000
* No probation or parole

g = grams kg = kilograms

8. Has Missouri changed its laws about possession of Marijuana?

Legislation was approved in 2014 to rewrite Missouri’s criminal code that includes provisions reducing marijuana possession penalties. This new law will become effective January 1, 2017. The possession of ten grams or less of cannabis will be punishable by a fine only and the offense will remain classified as a criminal Class D Misdemeanor. The possession of greater quantities of cannabis will remain punishable by jail time. The changes to the Missouri criminal code are now in effect.

The residents of St. Louis City and Columbia have special city ordinances which treat possession of 35 grams or less of cannabis as a non-arrestable criminal misdemeanor offense for first-time offenders. Kansas City will vote on a similar penalty reduction for cannabis possession of 35 grams or less in April 2017.

In 2010, Missouri police made nearly 18,500 criminal arrests for marijuana possession offenses, one of the highest totals in the nation. Missouri remains as one of the states with the most aggressive penalties for cannabis violations in the nation.

9. How can I find a Missouri NORML chapter, or start one?

See a list of Missouri NORML chapters at the National NORML website here.

See information on forming a chapter here.

Contact Greater St. Louis NORML for more information or attend one of our meetings.