A Missouri House panel has approved an adult-use cannabis legalization bill.

House Bill 2704, The Cannabis Freedom Act, cleared the House Public Safety Committee March 31.

The legislation, introduced in February by Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Charles County, is an omnibus cannabis legalization bill that would also release all non-violent cannabis offenders from prison and create a system for individuals to expunge prior cannabis-related offenses from their records.

The Missouri General Assembly adjourns May 30.

Meanwhile, there are three adult-use cannabis ballot initiative campaigns in the state that have until May 8 to submit 160,199 valid signatures to put the issue before voters in the November 2022 election.

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