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People Seek Entry to Medical Marijuana Business in Columbia

Jul 4, 2019

Operating under names like Green Releaf Dispensary and CoMo Gro, 25 businesses and individuals have paid thousands of dollars in application fees for the chance to operate a medical marijuana facility in Columbia.

Entrepreneurs filed paperwork and paid fees to apply for 22 dispensary licenses, six cultivation licenses and three manufacturing licenses in Columbia, according to records from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

A lobbyist for a medical marijuana trade group is co-hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Gov. Mike Parson next week as officials finalize rules for the state's fledgling medical marijuana program, which is scheduled to launch next year.

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In November 2018, Missourians approved Amendment 2, legalizing the cultivation, production, sale and consumption of medical marijuana with a sizeable 65.5 percent of the vote.

Columbia is now preparing for medical marijuana. The amendment allows local governments to enact city-specific ordinances related to medical marijuana as long as they don’t conflict with state law.

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Missouri has begun the move toward medical marijuana, naming an outgoing lawmaker to a leadership role and announcing the start of the process for those who want to grow, make or sell marijuana products.

It remains unclear whether thousands of Missouri welfare recipients will lose benefits if they opt for medical marijuana.

The Missouri Department of Social Services told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the question remains under review, and offered no timeline for a decision.

Missouri has joined the long list of states allowing medical marijuana, but it'll likely be late next year at the earliest before people with cancer, HIV and other serious ailments will be able to obtain it.

Missouri became the 31st state to approve medical marijuana when voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 2 .

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Medical marijuana is currently legal in 30 different states, and Missouri has three measures on the ballot Nov. 6 for the legalization of medical marijuana. Yet some advocates and healthcare professionals disagree on what is best for Missouri patients.

One of those advocating for legalization is Lonnie Kessler. He lives in Moberly and has epilepsy. He has a service dog, Orthros, who has been helping with Lonnie’s seizures for four years.

But Lonnie says he needs more than a service dog these days.

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ST. LOUIS — Missouri supporters of medical marijuana will have their say in the November election. The only question: Do they cast a yes vote once, twice or three times?

Thanks to successful petition drives for three competing proposals, all three are on the ballot. Two would amend the Missouri Constitution; the other would simply change state law.

What happens if more than one passes? That's where things get sticky.

Minimum Wage, Medical Pot Among Missouri Ballot Proposals

May 7, 2018

Several groups have submitted signatures for proposed ballot measures on a minimum wage hike, limits on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and medical marijuana in time for the Sunday deadline to get initiative petitions on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The Secretary of State's Office still needs to check the number of signatures for each proposal, and then local election authorities must verify signatures. The process takes weeks to determine whether measures received enough voter signatures to get on the ballot.

Here's a round-up of the proposed ballot measures:

MINIMUM WAGE

Missourians Testify in Support of Medical Marijuana

Feb 7, 2018

Twelve people testified on behalf of a bill Tuesday morning that would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana.

Under current Missouri law, anyone with a terminal illness may use non-traditional medicines, products or devices after exploring all FDA approved treatment options. This is due to the state’s Right to Try law, which passed in 2014.

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A judge says a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri won't go to voters this year.

 

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the initiative petitions lacked enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

 

Secretary of State Jason Kander previously said the measure fell about 2,200 signatures short after local election authorities threw out thousands of signatures. Issues included registered voters who signed petitions for the wrong county.

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A judge says a proposal to allow medical marijuana in Missouri won't go to voters this year.

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the initiative petitions lacked enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander previously said the measure fell about 2,200 signatures short after local election authorities threw out thousands of signatures. Issues included registered voters who signed petitions for the wrong county.

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Missouri lawmakers took steps this year to address the growing number of drug overdoses, but health care advocates say more work remains.

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JEFFERSON CITY - A proposal to legalize medical marijuana has again failed in the Missouri House.

Lawmakers voted down the measure today, 85-71. The legislation would have allowed doctors to recommend marijuana for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses, such as AIDS or epilepsy.

The proposal also would have created a licensing regime for commercial marijuana growers and retailers.

House lawmakers killed a similar measure in April after scaling it back to only cover hospice patients.

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Proponents of initiatives aimed at sales taxes, cigarette taxes and medical marijuana submitted petitions Sunday in hopes of getting their proposals on Missouri's November ballot.

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The Missouri House has rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

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Legislation that would legalize medical marijuana cultivation with tight restrictions on who could use the drug has won initial approval in the Missouri House.

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Medical marijuana advocates want voters to consider the issue in November.

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A candidate for Missouri lieutenant governor says he's launching a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The Kansas City Star reports Brad Bradshaw, a Democrat, said Tuesday that he's submitted a medical marijuana initiative petition to the state Secretary of State's office for review. If the petition is approved and garners enough signatures, Missouri voters would decide next year whether the state constitution should be amended to allow the sale of marijuana for medical reasons.