As of January 1, 2017, Missouri became the 19th state to decriminalize marijuana. This means that now people won’t have to spend time in prison for the possession of weed, and it protects people caught with 10 grams or less. This new law also lessens sentences that are involved to selling and growing marijuana.
“I’m pretty neutral about marijuana. If people want to smoke, they can, but it’s not for me. I think it should be legal and people shouldn’t be punished with a felony for it,” said Cortland Strong, senior.
However, the law has taken three years to take effect, and the safety from jail time is only for those who haven’t been charged before, leaving those who have still “up for grabs”. It’s a step forward to legalization, but there is still more work that needs to be done, before Missouri can join the 9 other states (including D.C.) who have legalized marijuana.
“I think anyone should be able to do what they want. It’s not any worse than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. I definitely don’t think people should be criminalized for having it, as long as they aren’t driving while high,” said Grace Link, sophomore.