Missouri

Mon
23
Dec

Missouri Farmers Can Begin To Grow Industrial Hemp In 2020

For the first time in more than 70 years, farmers in Missouri will be allowed to grow industrial hemp during the 2020 growing season.

But first they will need a permit from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Those applications are online now, and the department will start processing them right after the first of the year.

“Producers should know that they need to wait for that final approval before purchasing, receiving or planting industrial hemp seed. We really want them to have that registration in hand so that legally they are in a good spot,” said Sami Jo Freeman, a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Thu
19
Dec

Measuring the Medical Marijuana Market in Missouri

Call it the battle of weed vs. tweed.

The contest pitted Missouri’s medical marijuana industry against academics (famous for woolen sports jackets with elbow patches) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. And, as it turned out, the pot people beat the pencil-necks in predicting the bumper crop of patients certified to participate in Missouri’s new medical marijuana program.

It all began in November 2018, when voters overwhelmingly made Missouri the 33rd state, plus the District of Columbia, to legalize medical marijuana. Sixty-six percent of those who turned out voted in favor of the constitutional amendment, often referred to as Amendment 2, which is how it appeared on the ballot.

Mon
16
Dec

Missouri Farmers Can Begin To Grow Industrial Hemp In 2020

For the first time in more than 70 years, farmers in Missouri will be allowed to grow industrial hemp during the 2020 growing season.

But first they will need a permit from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Those applications are online now, and the department will start processing them right after the first of the year.

“Producers should know that they need to wait for that final approval before purchasing, receiving or planting industrial hemp seed. We really want them to have that registration in hand so that legally they are in a good spot,” said Sami Jo Freeman, a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Thu
12
Dec

Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This year has been momentous for cannabis reform, from the Illinois General Assembly becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill to regulate cannabis like alcohol to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act. 

It’s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever for marijuana-policy reform. 

Tue
10
Dec

Missouri Gearing Up For 2020 Hemp Season

The U.S state of Missouri has decided to approach the 2020 hemp season without a USDA-approved state plan for the crop.

In late October, the United States Department of Agriculture published its Interim Final Rule for hemp, which apparently also enables states to operate without a USDA-approved state plan for one year – and Missouri has chosen to take advantage of this extension.

Fri
06
Dec

Missouri Has More Medical Marijuana Patients Than Expected

Interest in medical marijuana use has far outpaced expectations only five months into Missouri’s new program.

Mon
02
Dec

Missouri medical marijuana enrollment growing like a weed

More than 21,000 people in Missouri have been approved to use medical marijuana since enrollment began at the end of June, and the number is growing by about 1,000 people per week.

That means the number of approved patients is on pace to exceed an estimate by the MU Department of Economics, which predicted 22,534 people would be approved by the end of 2021. 

Thu
28
Nov

Missouri hemp associations seek to operate under state, not federal, guidelines for 2020

Leaders of a handful of Missouri hemp association groups have implored the Parson administration to take advantage of a federal provision allowing the state to operate its new hemp program under state statute for 2020. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final interim rules allowed states to operate under their own statutes — as authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill — for the 2020 growing season. 

Tue
12
Nov

Thousands in Missouri already have medical marijuana cards with nowhere to legally buy it

Missouri has already approved more than 17,000 patients for its yet-to-be-launched medical marijuana program — a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois, which had less than 3,000 patients in the first 10 months. 

Licenses for Missouri’s dispensaries are expected to be awarded by January, and cannabis should be available for medical card holders by spring. 

At their core, Missouri and Illinois programs do the same thing: They allow doctors to certify patients to use cannabis if they have a qualifying condition. But there are significant differences in the details of each law, including who has access, how they’re getting access and how the programs can be changed in the future.

Tue
12
Nov

Missouri wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes with cash

Missouri’s health department wants to ban medical marijuana businesses from paying taxes in cash, a move that industry advocates say could shut out small businesses from the field.

Missouri voters in 2018 made medical marijuana legal but sales are still prohibited under federal law.

Financial institutions, particularly national banks, shy away from working with the cannabis industry because of the federal ban, BeLeaf CEO Mitch Meyers said. That forces some marijuana businesses to pay bills and salaries in cash.

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