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Missouri Medical Marijuana Program Patient Count Rapidly Growing
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Missouri’s health department recently published its first constitutionally required annual report to the governor regarding the medical marijuana program.
The report covers the program’s first official year starting on December 6, 2018 (the day the voter-approved medical cannabis amendment went into effect) and ends on December 5, 2019 (shortly before the program awarded licenses to businesses wanting to legally sell or grow cannabis).
In a recent news release, Missouri authorities urge that the Department of Health and Senior Services meet several deadlines for track record. These deadlines included accepting applications for qualifying marijuana patient ID cards on July 4th, 2019, as well as the deadline to begin taking full applications for commercial facility licenses on Aug. 3, 2019.
Additionally, the state health department distributed a timeline throughout 2019 stating that December 31, 2019, was the “deadline for approval” for medical marijuana business licenses. However, only three of the six types of those licenses, including dispensaries and manufacturers, were awarded in January 2020.
There were major concerns, which included whether conflict of interests or fairness issues tainted the marijuana business license application process. More than 2,200 applications came in for a few hundred licenses available.
The state currently approved 23,269 patient and caregiver ID cards. At the end of May 2020, 55,000 patients and caregivers applied for ID cards. A much-criticized University of Missouri study predicted that 26,000 patients would be enrolled in the program by 2022.
Learn more on how to become a medical marijuana patient in Missouri: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/how-to-apply-pi.php