Jurisdiction: Missouri

Coronavirus Fallout: April Recreational Sales Rise in Some States, Decline in Others

As we previously discussed on our blog (here, here, and here), the cannabis industry, like most industries, is facing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts were not deemed to be essential businesses and were therefore required to close under the state’s emergency order.

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Show Me The Signatures: Missouri Recreational Legalization Efforts Fail Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, it seemed like Missouri voters might get a chance to vote this year on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. That appears to no longer be the case, as efforts to collect the required number of signatures to appear on the ballot were suspended on Wednesday.

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No Patients: Many Physicians Hesitant to Issue Medicinal Marijuana Certifications in the Show Me State

Missouri residents approved medicinal marijuana via Constitutional Amendment 2 back in November 2018. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”) is charged with running the medicinal marijuana program. On June 4, 2019, in preparation for the program to go live in early 2020, the DHSS released application forms to be completed by individuals wishing to become “qualifying patients.” The DHSS will begin accepting the applications on June 28, 2019.

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Missouri Posts Final Rules for Medical Marijuana

On May 24, 2019, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (“DSS”) posted final rules for the state’s medical marijuana program. This comes several months after Missouri voters approved Amendment 2, legalizing medical marijuana for patients with serious illnesses and medical conditions. The rules, which take effect June 3, 2019, require Missouri to approve at least 60 commercial marijuana growers, 86 facilities that manufacture marijuana-infused products, and 192 dispensaries.

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