Medical Marijuana in Missouri – Business Outlook

Medical Marijuana as a business in Missouri

Medical Marijuana in Missouri is on the precipice of a burgeoning industry within its state borders. Cannabis industry in MO will encompass growing, manufacturing, retail, and delivery(caregivers).

Growing Cannabis or Marijuana in Missouri
Cultivation of cannabis has been illegal

In 2014, Missouri passed House Bill 2238, which creates a legal right for certain patients to obtain, possess, and use “hemp extracts”. The law defines a “hemp extract” as a preparation of cannabis that contains at least 5% CBD and no more than 0.3% THC. Only patients with intractable epilepsy and a recommendation from a neurologist are eligible to obtain a “hemp registration card,” which entitles them to access and legal protection. Patients are allowed to purchase hemp extracts from two state-regulated “Cannabidiol oil care centers.” The law also allows the Department of Agriculture to license and regulate growers of cannabis plants to produce the oil to make sure they conform to the CBD and THC stipulations.

On November 6, 2018, Missouri residents voted in favor of the Missouri Right To Access Medical Marijuana led by the New Approach, legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

Program Timeline: 
December 6, 2018 – Medical marijuana initiative becomes effective (law)
January 5, 2019 – Pre-file application fees will begin to be accepted
June 4, 2019 – Department releases Licensing Application Forms and Application Instructions for Medical Marijuana Facilities
July 4, 2019 – Department to begin accepting Applications for Qualifying Patient and Primary Caregiver identification cards
August 3, 2019 – Department to begin accepting Applications for Medical Marijuana Facility Licenses
By January 2020 – Medical marijuana available for purchase

Manufacturing Cannabis in Missouri

A Medical Marijuana Manufacturing License will be required to acquire, store, manufacture, transport, and sell marijuana-infused products to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility, a Medical Marijuana Testing Facility, or to another Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturing Facility.

The Department of Health (Department) is to determine a limit for the number of Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturing Facility licenses granted, so long as there is at least one Manufacturing license for every 70,000 inhabitants.

An entity may apply to the Department for and obtain one (1) or more licenses to operate a Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Facility. Each facility requires a separate license. No more than three (3) Manufacturing licenses shall be issued to any entity under substantially common control, ownership, or management.

A Manufacturing License will be valid for 3 years after its issuance date and shall be renewable, except for good cause. There will be a non-refundable application fee of $6,000 and an annual license fee of $10,00

Testing Cannabis in Missouri – guidelines

A Medical Marijuana Testing Facility certification will be required to acquire, test, certify, and transport marijuana.

The Department shall certify, if possible, at least two (2) entities as Medical Marijuana Testing Facilities. No Medical Marijuana Testing Facility shall be owned by an entity under substantially common control, ownership, or management as a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility, Medical Marijuana Infused Products Facility or Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility.

Opening a Dispensary in Missouri

A Medical Marijuana Dispensary License will be required to acquire, store, sell, transport, and deliver marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and drug paraphernalia used to administer marijuana as provided for in this section to a qualifying patient, a primary caregiver, another Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility, a Medical Marijuana Testing Facility, or a Medical Marijuana-Infused Products in Manufacturing Facility.

The Department of Health (Department) is to determine a limit for the number of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility licenses granted, so long as there are at least 24 Dispensary licenses for each United States Congressional district in the state of Missouri.

An entity may apply to the Department for and obtain one (1) or more licenses to operate a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility. Each facility requires a separate license. No more than five (5) Dispensary licenses shall be issued to any entity under substantially common control, ownership, or management.

A Dispensary License will be valid for 3 years after its issuance date and shall be renewable, except for good cause. There will be a non-refundable application fee of $6,000 and an annual license fee of $10,000.

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