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When Matthew Prater drives, he keeps his marijuana out of reach in a sealed container labeled with a state-issued number certifying he has a legal right to possess and use marijuana as medicine.

“If I get pulled over I tell them I have a card, am in possession and where it is — and don’t have any problem,” said Prater, who owns the store Peace of Mind in St. Charles.

Prater, who says he wants to be proactive about following state laws and regulations, is one of thousands of Missourians approved to possess and use marijuana, despite there being no way for them to legally obtain marijuana until state-licensed stores open next year.

Still, Prater and other advocates contend, legal marijuana users don’t have to wait.

“I voted for the right to possess and I have that right now,” he said. “It doesn’t matter when the dispensaries open. It’s not up to the police to know where you got it. That’s your medication.”

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