Availability of medical marijuana in Missouri expected soon

When they awarded licenses last winter, administrators of Missouri's medical marijuana program anticipated products being dispensed during the summer.

But only two dispensaries have opened (both in St. Louis), and they don't yet have products available for patients.

Having medical marijuana on the shelves for patients is imminent, according to Lyndall Fraker, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services section for medical marijuana regulation.

It is about time for harvest at a couple of Missouri medical marijuana cultivation facilities that have met all the state's requirements to grow the products, he said.


Missouri officials examine protections over medical marijuana information

On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters passed Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, establishing a medical marijuana program in Missouri. Article XIV requires the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to protect the trade secrets of medical marijuana businesses as well as patients’ information by keeping that information confidential.


Missouri DHSS issues five new medical marijuana facility licenses

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued five new medical marijuana licenses Friday for infused product manufacturing facilities.

During the compliance review process for all new medical marijuana facility licenses, DHSS determined that certain facilities submitted duplicative applications for licenses and therefore received multiple licenses for a single proposed facility. 

While applicants were not prohibited from submitting duplicative applications, only one facility can only utilize one license. Therefore, DHSS has merged the redundant licenses for each of these facilities and issued five new licenses to the entities next in line on the conditionally denied applicant list.


Missouri investigating fake medical marijuana certifications

The state of Missouri is investigating a St. Louis company that it says approved 600 fake medical marijuana certifications.

The state believes Lou Moynihan, 33, knew or participated in the fraudulent activity that likely occurred through telemedicine visits when the company, WeedCerts, launched last year.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the state said someone improperly used Dr. Allison Medlin's name to certify patients.

Medlin said she only learned someone was forging her signature when a WeedCerts patient called asking for her medical records.

Hundreds of patients are now scrambling to recertify and the integrity of Missouri's medial marijuana patient-approval process is in question.


Marijuana Violations Will No Longer Be Cited In Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, you no longer need to sweat it if you’re holding a little bud. 

That’s because the City Council on Thursday passed a new measure removing marijuana from the city’s code of ordinances. The measure passed the council by a vote of 9-4, according to local television station KMBC. With its passage, marijuana is essentially decriminalized in Kansas City. 

The proposal was offered up last month by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, a Democrat, along with four other council members. 


Missouri Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Patients Defrauded

Six hundred Missouri patients have lost their medical marijuana licenses after regulators determined they submitted physician certification forms submitted by an unauthorized doctor. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) labeled the situation “fraudulent activity.”

Spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the patients, all of whom met with the provider via telemedicine, were unaware of the scheme. “To our knowledge, [the patients] thought they were talking to a real doctor,” she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

She also said the provider with whom the patients met was not the same person whose credentials appear on the certification forms. So far, the department has found only one doctor’s credentials were misused.


First Missouri Cannabis Grow Facility Is Up And Running

Missouri has had a rocky road to cannabis reform and medical cannabis expansion so far, but now, the state is poised for success with their own, commercial cannabis grow facility now fully up and operational. 


Medical marijuana growers face additional hurdle before planting in Missouri

The medical marijuana industry in Missouri continues to prepare to serve thousands of patients who say they need the product to relieve a variety of health issues.

But some business owners tell 41 Action News they were caught off guard by an additional hurdle imposed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which oversees the industry, before growers can put seeds in the ground.

After each of the 338 medical marijuana license holders is verified by the state, they have to go through an additional verification process.


4 States Where Legalizing Marijuana Will Have to Wait Until 2021 or 2022

Despite all that's gone on in 2020, it's important not to lose sight of the fact that we're now less than five months away from Election Day. We'll see voters choose who'll be president of the United States for the next four years, and could even witness the current political makeup of Congress shift.

But one of the more interesting stories for 2020 is going to be which states "go green."


Missourians take advantage of hemp harvest despite pandemic

For more than 80 years, hemp hasn’t been allowed to be grown in the state of Missouri. That all changed in 2018 after President Donald Trump signed a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Many Missourians are taking advantage of that opportunity this year with their first hemp harvest despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Hemp Hill in Lexington Missouri has been doing everything they can to get their hemp in the ground.

The group was part of a small pilot program last fall that allowed universities to team up with producers to research how to successfully grow hemp in Missouri.

“We were the first successful harvest in over 80 years in this specific area”, said Hemp Hill COO Victor Santos.


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