The mess surrounding Missouri medical cannabis is finally sorting out

Missouri legalized medical marijuana through a vox populi when the people of The Show-Me state voted on a ballot measure in 2018.

Missouri may not be even thinking about legalizing recreational cannabis, but they sure as hell are working hard on establishing their medical cannabis system.

Missouri medical cannabis was legalized via a ballot measure in 2018, where it was decided that patients would be allowed to use marijuana as a medicine to treat a rather wide spectrum of illnesses.

According to the measure which passed, called Amendment 2, medical patients will be allowed to grow cannabis at home, but also to get permission for medical marijuana, even without qualifying conditions.


Good hemp seed or 'garbage'? Growers say standards needed

A unit of wheat is a called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new, a unit of hemp seed doesn't have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity.

That's one example of the startling lack of uniformity -- and accountability -- in an industry that's sprung up almost overnight since the U.S. late last year removed hemp from the controlled substances list.

A global hemp research lab announced June 13 in Oregon, coupled with a nascent national review board for hemp varieties and a handful of seed certification programs nationwide, are the first stabs at addressing those concerns -- and at creating accountability by standardizing U.S. hemp for a global market.


Missouri posts final rules for medical cannabis

Missouri has set its rules on medical marijuana. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the department tasked with regulating the industry, posted final rules on the department's website Friday, a move long awaited by people hoping to use, make or sell medical marijuana and related products. The rules take effect June 3, a day before the deadline by which the department was required by law to finalize its regulations.


Study: Missouri could have oversupply of medical marijuana

Even with the state allowing the minimum number of license for growers of medical marijuana, early supply could outstrip demand, according to University of Missouri economists.

A study by the economists estimates that there will be 19,000 people in Missouri qualified to purchase medical marijuana in 2020. That would require 5,000 to 7,000 pounds of canaibis — an amount that could be produced by between 10 and 14 cultivators. Those number would increase to roughly 26,000 patients and demand for between 24 and 29 cultivators in 2022.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has said it will issue 60 licenses for cultivators. 


Missouri police launch campaign against driving high ahead of 420

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Monday the state’s law enforcement officers will be out in full force this weekend, patrolling for drivers who are high after celebrating the 420 holiday.


No affirmative action for who gets to sell Missouri medical marijuana, State says

Missouri’s health department does not plan to give minority-owned businesses a boost when deciding who gets licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana — a measure some black Kansas City residents believe would help ensure equal opportunity.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said this week the license applications will be stripped of all identifying information about the owners, including their race, during the selection process.


Missouri medical marijuana licenses in high demand

Missouri plans to license more than 300 medical marijuana-related businesses this year, and if that's not enough to meet patient demand, even more will be approved, the director of the state program said Monday.

The state is already planning at least 192 dispensaries, 60 cultivation facilities, 86 manufacturing facilities and two testing facilities. But Lyndall Fraker, medical marijuana program director for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told hundreds of people attending a St. Louis conference that the state will do whatever is necessary to meet demand.

"We certainly want to make sure patient needs are provided for," Fraker said.


Worth the wait? Medical marijuana in MO and IL

By the end of 2019 you may be able to get medical marijuana in the state of Missouri if you are certified by a doctor.

Seems simple enough, but looks can be deceiving. Illinois has been in the medical marijuana business for five years and has much to teach its neighbor about the promise and the pitfalls of pot.

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Medical marijuana hopefuls have already earned missouri $3 million

Missouri’s health department has already fielded more than 400 pre-applications from potential marijuana growers and sellers.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which will administer the state’s medical marijuana program, won’t begin accepting formal applications for dispensaries, cultivation facilities and manufacturing plants until summer.

That hasn’t stopped potential businesses from paying more than $3 million in application fees to the state.


Cannabis conundrum: Missouri banks already turning away marijuana-related businesses

You work hard for your money, and when you put it in the bank you expect it to stay there.

But what if your bank shut down your account with little to no warning? That's what a technology firm in historic downtown St. Charles says recently happened to them.

Jay Lindberg, the founder of Cangea, says he got a letter from First State Bank informing him his checking account was being closed. The company's ties to the marijuana industry are to blame.

"We're a technology company. We don't touch the plant. We were still denied a bank account," he told 5 On Your Side.

The move left with some pressing questions he had to scramble to find answers for immediately. "How do you pay employees? How do you pay rent? How do you pay vendors," Lindberg said


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