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Missouri's Certified Medical Marijuana Initiatives

by Faith Fidura March 01, 2018

Update: On August 2nd 2018, the Missouri Secretary of State Office certified that all three ballot initiatives will appear on the November 2018 ballot.

Missouri Medical Marijuana Business on the Way

This year, Missouri introduced three medical marijuana ballot initiatives. Voters will have the chance to legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients on the November 2018 ballot. It's important to know the details of each initiative to ensure you support the right one when the time comes to vote. Read below for more information on each initiative.

The Missouri Medical Marijuana And Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative

namThe initiative, also known as the Missouri Right to Access Medical Marijuana, is led by campaign group New Approach Missouri. The initiative would legalize marijuana for medical purposes and allow state-licensed physicians to recommend marijuana use to patients with certain qualifying conditions, establish a state-regulated dispensing system, tax the sale of medical marijuana at 4 percent and allocate revenue from the tax toward providing healthcare services for military veterans.

The initiative defines the following medical marijuana businesses: Cultivation Facilities, Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturing Facilities, Dispensaries, and Testing Facilities. The Department of Health is to determine a limit for the number licenses granted for each marijuana establishment, so long as:

  • There is at least one cultivation license for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • There is at least one infused-product manufacturing facility for every 70,000 inhabitants.
  • There are at least 24 dispensary licenses for each United States Congressional district in the state of Missouri.  

Qualifying Medical Conditions: Cancer; Epilepsy; Glaucoma; Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment; A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasm, 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, PTSD, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist, Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome; A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence; Any terminal illness; or in the professional judgement of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition including but not limited to hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitations of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.

 

Missouri Medical Marijuana and Veterans Healthcare Services, Education, Drug Treatment, and Public Safety Initiative

MFPC-Logo-HorizontalThe initiative, also known as the Missouri Patient Care Act, is led by campaign group Missourians for Patient Care. The initiative would legalize marijuana for medical purposes and allow state-licensed physicians to recommend marijuana use to patients with certain qualifying conditions, establish a state-regulated dispensing system, and enact a 2 percent sales tax on marijuana and dedicate revenue to veterans' services, drug treatment, education, and public safety.

The initiative defines the following medical marijuana businesses: Medical Cannabis Centers and Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Production Facilities. The Department of Health is to determine a limit for the number licenses granted for each marijuana establishment, so long as:

  • There is at least one Cannabis Cultivation and Production license for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • There is at least one Medical Cannabis Center license issued for each Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Production Facility license. Each licensee may be approved for an additional two (2) Medical Cannabis Center licenses.

Qualifying Medical Conditions: Cancer; Epilepsy; Glaucoma; Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment; A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasm, 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, PTSD, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist; Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome; A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence; Any terminal illness; or in the professional judgement of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition including but not limited to hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitations of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.

 

Missouri Medical Marijuana and Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute Initiative

Screen Shot 2018-08-14 at 11.28.34 AM-1The initiative, led by campaign group Find the Cureswould legalize marijuana for medical purposes, establish a state-regulated dispensing system and tax marijuana sales at 15 percent. Revenue from the tax would be used to fund a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute, tasked with researching cures for currently incurable diseases. Voters would select the location of the institute through county or multi-county contests, with the county or multi-county area receiving the highest percentage of “yes” votes cast acquiring the institute. 

The initiative defines the following medical marijuana businesses: Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility License, Medical Marijuana Research Cultivation Facilities, Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facilities, and Medical Marijuana-Infused/Extraction Products Manufacturing Facilities. The initiative will establish a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute” to regulate the program and to determine a limit for the number licenses granted for each marijuana establishment, so long as:

  • At least fifty (50)Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility licenses will be issued in the state of Missouri.
  • At least four hundred (400) Medical Marijuana Research Cultivation Facility licenses will be issued in the state of Missouri.
  • The number of licenses to be issued for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility in each county or city without a county will be restricted to two (2) licenses for every 20,000 inhabitants.
  • At least fifty (50)Medical Marijuana-Infused/Extraction Products Manufacturing Facility licenses will be issued in the state of Missouri.

Qualifying Conditions: Cancer; Epilepsy; Glaucoma; Multiple sclerosis, seizures, Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome; Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment; A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasm, including but not limited to those associated with paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, Bell’s Palsy and Tourette’s syndrome; Debilitating psychiatric disorders; Terminal illness; End stage illness as defined by the Research Board, and any other diseases that the Research board determines, based on reliable data and scientific principles, will benefit from treatment with medical marijuana.

 

Interested in Applying for a Missouri Medical Marijuana Business License?

MOstarterIn order to obtain a medical marijuana license in Missouri, you must apply to the state when applications become available. In this competitive multibillion industry, it’s never too early to start preparing for the opportunity to secure a medical marijuana business license. To better your chances of success, begin educating yourself on application process with our Missouri Medical Marijuana Business Starter Package, which includes:

  • An Informational Overview of Missouri’s pending medical marijuana laws
  • An Application Guide and Checklist which gives a detailed summary and checklist of over 100 action items you’ll need to complete before submitting your application
  • A Business Plan Template to help you start drafting the required plans and executive summary for your business
  • A Financial Plan Template to give you and your investors a comprehensive 3-year projection of what you can possibly expect when selling marijuana