Call it “recreational,” “rec” or “adult-use” — Missouri could be the next state to legalize marijuana. In Kansas City and St. Louis over the past week,... Missouri could be the next state to legalize marijuana as 2022 signature campaign kicks off

Call it “recreational,” “rec” or “adult-use” — Missouri could be the next state to legalize marijuana.

In Kansas City and St. Louis over the past week, organizers of the Legal Missouri 2022 ballot initiative petition kicked off a campaign that, if authorized by Missouri voters, would allow any adult 21 or older to purchase cannabis products for any reason.

Recreational cannabis represents a huge business opportunity: In states that have already transitioned from medical-only marijuana systems to ones that include recreational sales for adults, industry revenues have typically expanded five-fold, said David Brodsky, director of retail at The Farmer’s Wife dispensaries in southern Missouri. Brodsky also worked as a Colorado cannabis entrepreneur for much of the 2010s, and he said the pattern held up there, after adult-use sales were legalized in 2012.

To date, retail dispensaries in Missouri have racked up $186.1 million in sales since lawful transactions began in mid-October 2020, state health department records show.

Most observers see little appetite for marijuana reform advancing through the Republican-dominated Missouri legislature, so advocates have worked through the initiative petition system.

How would Legal Missouri 2022’s measure change Missouri marijuana?

Missouri’s existing medical marijuana system, adopted with a 65-percent voter majority in 2018, would remain in place if legalization becomes part of the Missouri constitution. [Read more at Springfield News-Leader]

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