Posted by Hassan on 03/06/2018
The Missouri Cannabis Legalization Initiative may appear on the ballot in Missouri as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018. The measure would legalize marijuana for recreational use for persons 18 years of age or older. The measure would also immediately release prisoners who were convicted of nonviolent marijuana-only offenses.
Although the Department of Justice under Presidents Trump (R) and Obama (D) has not prosecuted most individuals and businesses following state and local marijuana laws as of January 2018, both medical and recreational marijuana are illegal under federal law. On January 4, 2018, however, Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, a 2013 directive that deprioritized the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where marijuana had been legalized. This allows federal prosecutors to decide whether or not to enforce federal law regarding marijuana.