Missouri is in between a few neighbors who’ve taken the progressive route. It’s challenging to gauge certain states, and having driven through Missouri; I didn’t know. St. Louis—sure, it’s a city. Every city has THC, legal or not. But the rest of the state, the billboards, and the small towns in between cities—I would say there’s no way. But what do I know? So it came to me as a surprise to see that Missouri has legalized Delta-8 THC. Hemp is no longer on the schedule I drug.
Not only was it legalized, but the state also expedited its bill changes as soon as the Farm Bill of 2018 came into play by aligning it with the federal bill. Lawmakers even called for an emergency amendment in the state register. Like most states where delta-9 THC isn’t legal, there was a matter of confusion on what was considered legal because there was only CBD legal status on records. You’ll often hear about delta-8 THC and all the other derivatives in the farm bill’s grey area. Legal is legal, though, and there isn’t anything sinister about that grey area. It wasn’t as unhinged as Texas because it wasn’t made legal then secretly made illegal.
Missouri goes by the basic idea that hemp plants with less than 0.3% of Delta-9 THC include extracts, isomers, cannabinoids, salts, and other isomers. However, it didn’t start this smoothly. For many states, it was impossible to differentiate THC for lawmakers. Another reason ATLRx pushes on education is that the more you know, the less you fear. But to know or understand, you have to try it. It’s not peer pressure but a fact. Not everyone is built biologically the same, so it affects people differently. It’s an overused statement, but it’s true. There haven’t been any accessible legal resources, so it’s a whole new age for those in Missouri, well, a majority of the south.
The following adjustments in Missouri’s Title XII Public Health And Welfare have been made:
Tetrahydrocannabinol naturally contained in a plant of the genus Cannabis (cannabis plant), except industrial hemp, as well as synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the cannabis plant, or in the resinous extractives of such plant, or synthetic substances, derivatives, and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity to those substances contained in the plant, such as the following:a. 1 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers;b. 6 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers;c. 3,4 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers;
Missouri took the next step following delta-8 THC by having voters approve Missouri Amendment 2 in 2018, which addressed medical marijuana and VA Healthcare Services. There have been state-issued medical cannabis cards and medical marijuana for almost three years now. But before this, Missouri’s Senate Bill 491 decriminalized up to 10 grams of weed with a fine rather than serving any jail time. In 2014—that was a massive deal for the state and the country. Any slight chipping away towards progress is still progress.