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Marijuana is dried and chopped up to prepare it for use and sale. The stems are usually removed.

These pictures show marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, in varying stages of growth, processing, and use. You may be concerned about plants you find growing in and around your home. Or, you may wonder whether what you discovered in your child’s room is marijuana or indicates your child may be using marijuana.

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In South Dakota, medical and recreational cannabis ballot measures passed in the November elections. But only the medical program appears to be underway as recreational marijuana faces challenges.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing marijuana on March 31. His move came shortly after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation officially legalizing marijuana in his state.

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Three states—New Mexico, Virginia, and South Dakota—passed legalization in recent months, and the laws took effect in late June and early July.

Marijuana legalization is spreading around the US.

Some states that passed medical or recreational legislation through ballot measures have yet to iron out the details. For that reason, Insider does not include South Dakota in its tally of markets where the substance is legal for recreational use. Likewise, Mississippi’s medical program has faced challenges after the election.

Missouri published its cannabis regulation, 19 CSR30-95.040, on June 24, 2019. The regulations include an extensive and detailed security requirement that draws from similar regulations in other states such as Colorado and Oregon.

Missouri requires businesses to control entry to limited access areas with electronic card access systems, biometric identification systems, or other equivalent means. In addition, businesses must equip access doors with a locking mechanism for use during power failures.

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Berry adds some municipalities even dropped some local restrictions to encourage marijuana businesses to move in. For instance, St. Louis discarded requirements to distance marijuana businesses from churches. “City officials said, ‘We will not enforce that because we want your business in our city,’” she says. “St. Louis is economically depressed, and city government welcomed the jobs the businesses would bring.”

However, the state has loosened restrictions on recreational marijuana, handing out small fines, rather than jail time, for marijuana possession with a first offense.

Outdoor cultivation operations fall under specific requirements. These businesses must construct an exterior barrier around the perimeter. The state requires protecting the perimeter with an 8-foot tall fence constructed of six-gauge metal or higher chain link, topped with razor wire, and screened to prevent viewing from outside.