Legalization of medical and recreational marijuana have been spreading across the states, leading to increased struggles between state and federal legislation. But what does this mean for responsible gun owners? U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney, John Schleiffarth, breaks down the latest in Missouri law for marijuana use in regards to possessing and owning a firearm.
In the state of Missouri, no amount of marijuana is legal. Medical marijuana does not exist in Missouri. At some future point, the law may change, but as of today, Missouri does not recognize medical marijuana in the state, nor will Missouri recognize a medical marijuana card from another state. If you’re traveling from another state and you have a medical marijuana card, Missouri will not recognize that card.
If you have less than 10 grams of marijuana in the state of Missouri, it is a Class D misdemeanor, which means it is not a jailable offense. If you have between 10 and 35 grams of marijuana, it is a Class A misdemeanor, which means you could face up to a year in the county jail. If you have more than 35 grams of marijuana, it becomes a felony offense.
Now, if you have a firearm in your possession and you also have a small amount of marijuana, it could result in a felony charge for unlawful use of a weapon. If you possess an illegal controlled substance, in any amount, and you are also carrying a firearm, the mixture of those two could lead to a felony charge in Missouri. The laws may change with regards to marijuana in the future, but as of now, it is important to follow the laws as they are written.