Local Drug Laws
Possession of Paraphernalia, including Syringes
Possession of drug-related objects, including syringes, is illegal and a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.MO. ANN. STAT. § 579.074.
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of marijuana is illegal in Missouri.
Possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana is a Class D misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine. MO. ANN. STAT.§ 579.015(4). Possession of more than 10 grams to 35 grams is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine or both. MO. ANN. STAT. § 579.015(3),558.002. Possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana is a felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison. MO. ANN. STAT. §579.015 (2).
Missouri has a medical marijuana program for the following qualifying conditions: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, intractable migraines, multiple schlerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome or other medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or muscle spasms, PTSD and other debilitating psychiatric disorder, HIV/AIDS, any terminal illness,any chronic, debilitating condition that would otherwise be treated with prescription medications (that could lead to physical or psychological dependence) and for which marijuana could be a safer alternative. V.A.M.S. Const. Art. 14, § 1
Possession of Other Controlled Substances
It is illegal for any person to purchase, possess (including“constructively” possessing), or have under his or her control any controlled substance (note: this means you could be charged with possession if controlled substances are in your car or in your hotel room even if they are not yours). Possession of any amount of a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II (other than marijuana as specified above) is a felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. MO. ANN. STAT. § 579.015(2), 558.002.
Naloxone Possession and Administration
Anyone in Missouri can legally purchase and possess naloxone. A Statewide Standing Order, issued by Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services,allows pharmacists to dispense naloxone to anyone without a paper or electronic prescription. However, this does not necessarily mean that every pharmacy will stock naloxone so we suggest calling the local pharmacy to make sure they have it (requests can be made to have it stocked if they do not have any). A limited supply of naloxone is available for free through community-based organizations such as Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery located at 4022 S. Broadway, St. Louis (naloxone is available daily Monday-Friday 10-5 or Saturday and Sunday 12-6) and NCADA located at 9355 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis (call (314)962-3456 or send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org). Mo. Ann. Stat. §§ 195.206; 338.205.
911 Good Samaritan
The law provides protection from arrest, charge, prosecution,conviction, property seizure or other penalties for anyone who seeks or obtains medical help for a person experiencing an alcohol or drug overdose or other medical emergency for the following conduct: possession of a controlled substance,possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an imitation controlled substance, violating probation or parole, violating a restraining order, or sale or purchase of alcohol to/by a minor, or misrepresentation of age by a minor to obtain alcohol. Note: a person with an outstanding warrant is not protected under these circumstances. MO. ANN. STAT. § 195.205.