Everything you need to know about medical marijuana in Missouri
Since medical marijuana was passed in Amendment 2 in 2018, there’s been a lot of change in Missouri already. Marijuana is now legal for those with a qualifying medical condition, and the legalization is bringing new business, new rules and new changes to Springfield and Missouri.
Here’s everything you should know:
What does a medical marijuana card do?
幸运飞艇跟人工计划A qualifying patient card will allow a patient to enter licensed dispensaries and possess and consume medical cannabis in keeping with Missouri law.
Dispensaries are expected to open in mid-2020. But currently, patients with medical marijuana cards issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services may consume or possess marijuana, and they may grow it if they have a cultivation authorization from the department. There's no legal way to buy or sell marijuana in Missouri before those licensed dispensaries open.
By law, patients and caregivers are required to have their medical marijuana ID card available when purchasing or in possession of medical marijuana.
How to qualify for medical marijuana
How much will a medical card cost?
- Qualifying patient fee is $25 annually
- Caregiver fee is $25 annually
- Authorization to home-grow costs $100
Qualifying medical conditions include:
- Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
- Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
- HIV or AIDS
- and more
Where to apply:
Applications are only online, and you must go to the patient/caregiver registration website, medicalmarijuana.mo.gov.
How long does it take? Will the Missouri health department mail cards to patients accepted into the program? Are a lot of patients being approved?
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Missouri has generally approved about 1,000 patients per week, with more than 21,000 qualifying patient and caregiver card applications approved as of December, according to health department data. After patients upload their physician certification, application documents and photo, the process tends to move quickly. One patient told the News-Leader he was approved in less than 48 hours; others have reported turnaround times of several business days. Missouri does not mail out qualifying patient or caregiver ID cards. Instead, they're available to download and print from a state website after approval.
Medical marijuana in Missouri:
- How to get a medical marijuana card in Missouri
- More than 4,000 Missourians approved for marijuana cards in program's first month
Dispensary licenses have been approved
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Dispensaries, while not open yet, are expected to be open in late spring or early summer of 2020.
Missouri health department officials posted a full list of medical marijuana retail dispensaries that were licensed — or denied licenses. Out of the 1,163 applications only 192 were awarded across the state. Among those who were denied, around 59 applications were in Springfield.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划At least 11 dispensaries were approved for Springfield:
- BD Health Retail 2, LLC at 2126 E Dale St.
- Mo Retail Products Group, Inc at 3903 S Campbell Ave.
- Mo Retail Products Group, Inc at 1868 S Glenstone Ave.
- BBMO 2, LLC at 2868 S Glenstone Ave.
- Old Route 66 Wellness, LLC at 2823 N Glenstone Ave.
- Revival Ninety-Eight, LLC at 2860 S Austin Ave.
- Ozarx Botanicals I, LLC at 3800 W Sunshine St.
- OWG I, LLC at 2935 E Chestnut Expy.
- BLOOM MEDICINALS OF MO, LLC at 751 S Glenstone Ave.
- V3 MO Vending 5, LLC at 850 E Kearney St.
- Grassroots OpCo MO, LLC at 1306 N Stewart Ave.
Dispensaries in Missouri:
- As Missouri's weed market emerges, so do questions, lawsuits and conflicts
- Missouri issues complete list of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries
- FAQ: How is Missouri going to pick who gets a medical marijuana dispensary license?
- When will patients be able to step into a Missouri dispensary? Hint: It's not Jan. 1, 2020
- City turns down Kearney Street marijuana dispensary zoning applicant
For cannabis businesses, this is what you should know
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The Missouri health department announced that it received roughly 2,200 applications for medical marijuana facility licenses as of its 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 deadline.
The state plans to award just 348 licenses. Here's how many applicants there are for each cannabis facility and the licenses planned:
- 554 applications for 60 cultivation facility licenses
- 1,163 applications for 192 dispensary licenses
- 415 applications for 86 manufacturing licenses
- 17 applications for 10 testing lab licenses
A Nevada-based company, Wise Health Solutions, had until Nov. 30, 2019 to "blind-score幸运飞艇跟人工计划" the applications.
License approvals and denials:
- Missouri announces winners — and losers — of weed product manufacturing licenses
- Springfield-area applicants denied for medical marijuana cultivation licenses
- Medical marijuana: Missouri notifies winners of testing lab licenses
Manufacturing licenses: Springfield winners, many denied
Out of the 415 applicants, only 86 licenses were granted for medical marijuana manufacturing in Missouri. At least 20 Ozarks-area companies were denied.
Out of the winners, just two are based in Springfield, and three were companies based elsewhere in the Ozarks.
- Revival 98, Springfield
- Happy Days LLC, Springfield
- Harvest of Missouri, LLC, Joplin
- Heartland Enterprises LLC, Buffalo
- Nodaway Holdings LLC, Humansville
Revival 98, owned by former NFL player Grant Wistrom, expects to operate at 2860 S. Austin Ave. Happy Days LLC, tied to Paula Givens and Pedro Sotomayor, was approved to run a manufacturing facility at 2900 E. Pythian St., Givens told the News-Leader Jan. 10.
Area infused-product companies denied licenses included the following:
- 1140 N. Eldon MIP LCC, Springfield
- Ascend Missouri LLC, Springfield
- Beta Fusion Extracts LLC, Springfield
- G4 Enterprises LLC, Hollister
- GLK, LLC, Ridgedale
- MOAF Inc., Springfield
- Mo Manufactured Products, LLC, Lamar and Springfield
- Nixon M LLC, Springfield
- Ozark Mountain Extraction Co. LLC, Springfield
- Ozark Mountain Green LLC, Shell Knob
- Ozarx Brands LLC, Springfield
- Paradigm Missouri LLC, Hollister
- Rehab One LLC, Rehab Two LLC, Rehab Three LLC, all of Springfield
- Releaf Resources LLC, Springfield
- RSM-1 LLC, Branson
- Sarcoxie Nursery Infusions LLC, Sarcoxie
- Sho Me Genetics LLC, Nixa
- Stone County Labs LLC, Lampe
- Table Rock MIP LLC, Branson West
As of Jan. 10, an official list of companies approved or denied for a manufacturing license was released by DHSS.
Testing labs have been approved, denied
In December of last year, the first group of Missouri’s marijuana business licenses were approved or denied for testing labs. The Missouri Health Department released a full list of approved and denied testing lab applications.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Testing labs are meant to ensure that marijuana products being sold in retail dispensaries are free of contaminants, and they also verify THC levels in the products.
- Botannis Labs Mo. Corp’s lab will be located in Springfield.
- ContiCorp LLC.’s lab will be located in Galena, northwest of Branson
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Cultivation licenses denied in Springfield
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Large-scale medical marijuana growing operations won’t be happening in the Springfield area, as the two local applicants were not among the 60 that were approved.
Paul Callicoat, who sought to turn a former peony nursery into a grow operation, and Desmond Morris, the owner of Wholesome Bud, were two local applicants denied. For Callicoat, that isn’t the end of the story. His family announced a lawsuit challenging the scoring system used to grade the applications.
The closest cultivation facilities to Springfield will likely be in Humansville, Joplin, Cassville and Waynesville.
Here's what is happeneding in medical marijuana businesses:
- Missouri medical marijuana clinic suddenly shuts down, blaming 'other providers,' state health department
- Missouri will award marijuana dispensary licenses in January, most others more quickly
- DHSS releases names of Missouri marijuana business applicants
Can you grow your own marijuana?
Answer: Yes. As long as you don't go over the quarter-pound allowed each month.
A Missouri authorization to home-grow costs $100 for qualifying patients or caregivers only. The authorization allows up to six flowering cannabis plants, six vegetative cannabis plants and six seedlings or clones per patient or caregiver.
These are the requirement and restrictions of growing your own marijuana:
- You can grow indoors or outdoors
- The home-grow facility must remain enclosed and locked according to Missouri's definitions
- You can have no more than six flowering plants, six plants in a "vegetative state" and six seedlings.
Cultivating and growing marijuana is an involved process with different stages of growth that will need different care throughout its development cycle.
A consulting industry is starting in Missouri to help patients grow and care for their marijuana.
How growing your own marijuana works:Under Amendment 2, patients can grow their own weed
What doctors will certify you?
It’s here and legal, but where can you get certified by a doctor to get your medical card?
Missouri does not offer a way to legally access marijuana without getting an ID card — and getting a card requires a certification. Many doctors describe them as a note simply indicating, yes, this patient has cancer; yes, this patient has PTSD.
A certification cannot be more than 30 days old at the time of applying for a state ID card.
What about CoxHealth, Mercy and large hospitals?
While many large health care systems and hospitals are not necessarily saying no, they’re not entirely saying yes, either. From Mercy to Cox, this is how the hospitals are handling medical marijuana.
What are Cannabis Clinics?
Many parts of Missouri will soon see “cannabis clinics” open, if they don't have them already. These clinics are specifically intended to connect patients with marijuana ID cards.
Smaller clinics and local doctors can provide certifications.
Medical marijuana certifications:
- Here are Springfield doctors willing to do marijuana certifications
- Mercy 'not recommending' medical marijuana
- CoxHealth docs 'will not be certifying patients' for medical marijuana
How will medical marijuana affect Springfield and Missouri?
Since Amendment 2 passed in November 2018, Missouri lawmakers and DHSS have been busy setting up and implementing the amendment, fostering new businesses and change in Springfield.
New cannabis businesses from dispensaries to manufacturing will start to pop up in Springfield. Each is subject to their own zoning restrictions幸运飞艇跟人工计划 and different licenses will be awarded in late 2019, depending on what type of marijuana business it is.
These are the types of marijuana businesses you can expect to see pop up in Springfield:
- Grow operations
- Testing facilities
As many as 10 marijuana testing facilities are expected in Springfield and nearly 200 dispensaries are expected to open throughout Missouri.
How are existing employers reacting to medical marijuana?
With medical marijuana on its way, Springfield employers are already reviewing their human resource policies. Some employers are reviewing best practices, while others will be a “zero tolerance employer,” meaning if THC is detected in an employee they could be subject to discipline.
Springfield employers may face challenges in deciding how to accommodate the change. Whether qualifying patient marijuana cards should shield employees from getting fired for a positive test or protect would-be employees from losing a job offer, has already prompted lawsuits in other states.
What's changing and where Springfield stands with marijuana:
- Missouri lawmakers have filed 10 marijuana bills since Amendment 2 passed. Here's a roundup
- Amid rapid shifts, Springfield employers respond to medical marijuana
- How will medical marijuana affect Springfield? City Council is looking at the question.
- Where do Springfield's medical marijuana zoning rules stack up among Missouri cities?
Law enforcement and marijuana
Earlier this year, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams detailed possible effects on Springfield crime due to the legalization of medical marijuana. From an increase in DWIs and crashes to a possibility of a tax-free black market for marijuana幸运飞艇跟人工计划, Williams explained the possibilities.
While a medical card will allow qualifying patients to legally use marijuana, there is no indication that a qualifying patient cannabis card could somehow exempt a person from following driving safety laws.
A campaign was launched in 2019 using the slogan “Drive High, Get a DUI” by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Aimed at “cracking down on drugged-driving offenders,” the campaign was launched just before the cannabis-culture holiday “4/20” that celebrates marijuana.
The Springfield Police Department's investigative section seized more marijuana in 2018 than any year since it started keeping digital records — and detectives weren't even really looking for it. They seized almost 350 pounds of the drug last year, a 73 percent increase from 2017.
While the potent marijuana seized is coming in from other states now, the local marijuana scene is due for a shakeup when medical marijuana will hit dispensaries across the state — including Springfield.
- 'Freaked out' patient at center of Rolla medical marijuana flap describes police run-ins
- Las Vegas man sentenced for transporting 200 pounds of marijuana through Greene County
- Springfield-area man says police wouldn't accept his medical marijuana card
- Springfield police seize record amount of marijuana — without really trying
Where else is marijuana legal?
In June 2019, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize幸运飞艇跟人工计划 the sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults, including nonresidents of Illinois. Full adult-use sales began Jan. 1, 2020. Many Missourians from St. Louis and elsewhere flocked to dispensaries across the Mississippi River. It remains federally illegal to transport cannabis across state lines.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划That brings the total number of states with varying degrees of legalized weed to 36, plus Washington, D.C., as of June 26.
- In 11 states, plus D.C., marijuana is fully legal for recreational and medicinal purposes.
- In 22 states, medical marijuana is legal but recreational use is not.
- In 14 states, 12 of which have legalized medical marijuana, weed has been decriminalized, meaning simple possession of small amounts of marijuana no longer carries the penalty of jail time, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.
Marijuana across the U.S.:
- Illinois is the latest state to OK recreational marijuana. What's that mean for Missouri?
- Where is weed legal in the United States?
Gregory Holman, Katie Kull, Harrison Keegan and other News-Leader journalists contributed to this report.