Two Missouri medical marijuana applicants win licenses after lengthy legal fight

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Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission has awarded two applicants licenses to start growing medical marijuana, more than a year after state officials initially rejected their requests.

The commission on Tuesday awarded Heya Kirksville and Heya Excello cultivation licenses, according to orders issued by Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi.

The judgment is a blow to the state, which limited the number of available marijuana business licenses and denied hundreds of medical marijuana business applications, only to be met with a wave of challenges at the Administrative Hearing Commission.


Probe of Missouri’s troubled medical marijuana program may resume

Missouri lawmakers may resurrect their probe of the state’s beleaguered medical marijuana program.

Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, the new head of the House Special Committee on Government Oversight, said Thursday he is open to continuing the panel’s investigation, which stalled in March.

Taylor, who was a member of the committee last year, said the investigation left unanswered questions.


The program has drawn criticism and lawsuits from companies whose bids for medical marijuana business licenses were denied. Complaints have targeted the scoring process and potential conflicts of interest.


Missouri Republican Lawmaker Aims To Legalize Cannabis In The State

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On the eve of Missouri’s next legislative session, one Republican lawmaker in the state is angling to legalize pot.

State House Rep. Shamed Dogan says he intends to put up a bill in the upcoming session that would add the “Show Me State” to the ranks of those that have ended the prohibition on marijuana.


Columbia’s first medical marijuana shop opens

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3Fifteen Primo Cannabis, a medical marijuana dispensary, opened its doors in Columbia Tuesday.

It's Columbia's first marijuana shop to begin selling to licensed patients legally.


Located at 4003 Ponderosa Street, the state-inspected and licensed operation is owned and operated by Columbia residents.

  • 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis staff.

  • 3Fifteen Primo Cannabis show room.


Missouri judge rejects lawsuit questioning state’s medical marijuana rules

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Missouri’s fledgling medical marijuana program survived a court challenge Monday.

Acting on a lawsuit brought by a company that failed to win one of the licenses offered by the state to grow pot, Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce said the rules limiting how many companies can grow and sell the product are appropriate and will protect patient safety.

“The department’s regulations fall squarely within its constitutional delegation of authority,” Joyce wrote.


Teething Pains For Medical Marijuana In Missouri

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Tens of thousands of patients have registered for medical marijuana access in Missouri. But there are few dispensaries open, and those that are reportedly experiencing supply issues.

Legal sales of medical marijuana in Missouri kicked off in October this year. The state’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) expected most of the 192 dispensaries licensed to be opened by the end of this year, but as at early December only 17 were.


The 21 Ballot Measures We’re Watching This Election

People who say that the U.S. is a republic and not a democracy apparently haven’t heard of ballot measures. Every year, some states1 allow citizens to bypass their elected representatives and weigh in directly on an issue — bringing policy to the forefront of the campaign in a way it often is not in candidate elections.


Long Lines In Missouri For The Launch Of Its Medical Marijuana Program

No, these are not early voters for the 2020 election. The lines we're talking about in Missouri are outside dispensaries, where residents welcome the sale of legal medical marijuana, which has already proven wildly popular in the Show-Me State.

The sales began about two years after Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in the November 2018 election that allowed the sale of medical marijuana.

In October, Missouri became the latest “non-coast state” to see the popularity of cannabis explode, joining Illinois and Michigan. Both of those states started adult-use marijuana sales within the past year and have seen record sales.


Massive raid takes out illegal mail order weed ring that supplied nine states

A massive raid involving hundreds of investigators and 27 simultaneous search warrants in nine communities in Washington State has taken down an illegal weed-mailing ring based out of Seattle.


A Look at the Two Missouri Dispensaries That Launched the State’s First Medical Cannabis Sales

Oct. 17 marked the first day of medical cannabis sales in Missouri, and the state’s two operational cannabis retailers, N’Bliss and Fresh Green, have had quite the journey to serving patients in the nascent market.

N’Bliss, a subsidiary of Nirvana Investments, opened its first two stores in Manchester and Ellisville on Oct. 17, while Fresh Green opened for business in Lee’s Summit on Oct. 19.

“It was exciting—the energy is real,” N’Bliss Managing Partner and CEO Bradford Goette tells Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary of opening weekend.


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