US (MO): House committee approves GOP-led cannabis legalization bill

A Missouri House committee on Thursday narrowly approved a GOP-led bill to tax and regulate adult-use cannabis in the state.

The legislation from Rep. Ron Hicks (R), titled the “Cannabis Freedom Act,” cleared the House Public Safety Committee in a 5-4 vote, with amendments. It now heads to the Rules Committee before it could potentially advance to the floor.

Beside legalizing possession and sale of cannabis, the bill would further provide opportunities for expungements, authorize social consumption facilities and permit cannabis businesses to claim tax deductions with the state.

While advocates had hoped that the panel would advance the bill without revisions, members ultimately adopted three amendments.

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