Missouri

Fri
24
Jan

Decision day: Missouri begins licensing medical marijuana dispensaries

Missouri officials on Thursday began notifying hundreds of business hopefuls whether they would receive a license to sell medical marijuana.

The Department of Health and Senior Services plans to license 192 dispensaries statewide — 24 in each of the state’s congressional districts — to sell marijuana legally to Missourians with a valid medical marijuana patient card.

Even though the department has started to send off notifications, it doesn’t plan to publish an official list of application scores until at least Friday, said Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for the DHSS.

Thu
23
Jan

Missouri marijuana activists collecting signatures for weed legalization vote

Just over a year after Missouri legalized medical cannabis, activists are fighting to get recreational marijuana legalization on the state’s November ballot.

The proposal, filed by the campaign Missourians for a New Approach, was approved to start gathering signatures by Missouri’s secretary of state. The group needs to collect 160,000 signatures by the middle of May.

If approved, the bill would allow adults aged 21 and older to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use and cultivate up to three plants for personal use.

A 15% excise tax would also be imposed on recreational marijuana sales in an effort to generate more funding for veterans’ services, infrastructure, and treatment for substance abuse.

Thu
16
Jan

Why Aren’t More Patients Utilizing Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Programs?

Reciprocity, the legal process allowing a state-issued license to be accepted in other states, is relatively common among medical cannabis states. 

But it seems that not that many people actually use reciprocity, particularly in high bar states like Oklahoma.

Fri
10
Jan

Hemp launch opens new era in Missouri agriculture

Bryan Kurz fields several phone calls each day from farmers across Missouri interested in the state’s newest cash crop: hemp.

A relative of marijuana, hemp was illegal for decades under tough-on-drugs laws. This year is the first Missourians can grow the crop commercially. Kurz, a sixth-generation farmer, grew small amounts for research last year under a state pilot program, and has become something of a mentor for farmers interested in the new field.

“I can’t even tell you how many people I talk to each day,” said Kurz, 24, of Garden City, in western Missouri. “I bet I get five phone calls a day, minimum.”

Tue
31
Dec

Missouri Chooses Its Medical Cannabis Growers

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has finalised its review of medical marijuana cultivation applications – and there will be plenty of disappointed applicants.

Thousands of applications were received by the August deadline for medical marijuana cultivation, dispensary, manufacturing and testing laboratory licenses. At the time we reported it wasn’t clear how many of those were applications for cultivation, but based on this document, it appears to have been more than 550.

Fri
27
Dec

Missouri moves along approval of medical marijuana transporters, cultivators

Missouri regulators approved eight Kansas City-area locations to serve as medical marijuana transportation facilities and have begun notifying winners of grower licenses.

The Department of Health and Senior Services announced Thursday that it has begun issuing licenses for medical marijuana cultivation facilities. In a release, the department said the 60 licenses are being awarded to the facilities that scored highest in a blind review.

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. 

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