Attitudes about cannabis have been changing rapidly in Missouri and across the United States. In fact, in certain cases, some incarcerated people who have been serving time on drug charges are being granted clemency by the president if they have proven that they are committed to rehabilitating.
However, this doesn’t mean cannabis is now legal for all uses in Missouri.
Changes to laws concerning cannabis
In 2008, Missouri made medical cannabis legal, although there are still cases in which the person who is caught with marijuana doesn’t get off so lightly. That is probably more common in rural areas. In rural areas, the local authorities may have not decriminalized marijuana possession to the point where the person gets off with only paying a fine. It is different in cities. In 2017, Kansas City lawmakers passed a law that a person with under 35 grams of cannabis would be fined $25. However, after the law passed, the city no longer enforced any penalties.
Solid advice from a criminal defense attorney
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you are probably facing a complicated process that is difficult to handle on your own. That is why the expertise of a Kansas City criminal defense attorney may make a world of difference to your case. Without the advice of an experienced attorney, you will be at a disadvantage and the decisions that you make early on in the case may follow you for a very long time. The attorney can advise you on what to do so that your case’s outcome can hopefully have the best possible result.