On November 8, 2022, Missouri voters approved Amendment 3, a ballot initiative that sought to amend Missouri’s constitution and legalize recreational marijuana. Amendment 3 not only provides for the legalized sale of recreational marijuana but also addresses personal use regulations, expunges non-violent marijuana-related criminal records for offenses, authorizes cities to impose a sales tax with voter approval on the sale of recreational marijuana, and establishes regulations for consumers and businesses.
How does Amendment 3 affect current medical marijuana facilities:
Amendment 3 addresses a few key points including the marijuana license application process and state tax implications. Amendment 3 provides that existing medical marijuana facilities – referred to as medical facilities in Amendment 3 – may convert their existing license with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to a comprehensive license. Under a comprehensive license, a facility may take part in both the medical and recreational markets.
Amendment 3 authorizes cities, after approval by voters, to impose an additional 3% sales tax on all tangible personal property retail sales of adult-use marijuana.
On Tuesday, April 4th, voters will be asked for approval to impose an additional 3% sales tax on the sale of recreational marijuana. The ballot question will be stated as follows:
“Shall the City of Joplin, Missouri, impose an additional sales tax of three percent (3%) on all retail sales of adult-use non-medical marijuana sold in Joplin?”