On November 6, 2022, Missouri state voters approved an amendment to the Missouri Constitution declaring the legality and regulation of marijuana:
AMENDMENT 3 as filed before the MO Secretary of State on August 27, 2021
Acknowledging the changes, the City has been amending various sections of the Municipal Code. Several changes were conducted directly by the City Council as follows:
Sales Tax and Ballot Measure. On January 10, 2023, the Council approved an ordinance to place on the April ballot a measure to impose a 3% sales tax on adult use marijuana. "Adult use marijuana" is recreational marijuana. The Constitutional Amendment only allows for sales tax to be imposed on recreational sales. Prop M will be on the April 4 ballot.
Smoking in Public (Article III, Chapter 220 Nuisances). First reading occurred on January 10, 2023, and second reading scheduled for January 24, 2023.
Possession, sale, distribution, and cultivation (Article XI, Chapter 215 Offenses). First reading tentatively scheduled for January 24, 2023.
The City's Planning and Community Design Commission is considering a draft ordinance to address the Constitutional Amendment under the City's land use regulations. On November 8, 2022, the City Council adopted Ordinance #2760 which created a Chapter 450 Medical Marijuana Facilities. On January 19, 2023, the Commission will consider forwarding a recommendation to the Council to amend Chapter 450 to authorize adult use recreational marijuana as follows: