First-Time Marijuana Possession Offense No Longer Equals Jail Time in Missouri

Legislation that removes the possibility of jail time for the first-time possession of small amounts of cannabis has taken effect in Missouri.

Under the new law – Senate Bill 491 – those possessing up to 10 grams of cannabis will no longer be charged with a misdemeanor and imprisoned for up to a year; this is so long as it’s their first offense. Instead, the penalty has been reduced to a maximum fine of $500.

Senate Bill 491 also reduces possible sentences related to the sale and cultivation of marijuana; this includes the current ban on probation or parole for those with 3rd felony offenses.

Click here for the full text of the new law.

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