Missouri Cannabis Business Licenses
WHAT IS MISSOURI'S CURRENT CANNABIS MARKET STATUS?
Cannabis in Missouri is legal for medical-use, and has been partly decriminalized for recreational use. Qualifying patients can purchase medical cannabis from dispensaries and some can also grow their own cannabis plants at home.
WHAT ARE MISSOURI'S CANNABIS LAWS?
Cannabis was widely illegal in Missouri until 2018, when Amendment 2 was approved with 66% of the vote—a ballot measure which legalized the medical use of cannabis. Qualifying patients are now allowed to purchase up to four ounces of dried, unprocessed cannabis in a 30-day period and any qualifying patient who receives a qualifying patient cultivation identification card can grow up to six flowering cannabis plants, six nonflowering cannabis plants, and six clones. The tax rate on medical cannabis sales is 4% with a stipulation that proceeds must be allocated towards services for military veterans.
Medical cannabis is typically recommended to patients by a physician. Patients who suffer from chronic illness, terminal illness, pain, or other medical issues are often prescribed medical cannabis as an alternative form of treatment. Patients receive their medical cannabis ID, which permits them to purchase products from medical cannabis dispensaries throughout Missouri.
WHAT IS MISSOURI'S CANNABIS LICENSING TIMELINE & CANNABIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) regulates cannabis business licenses and patient access to cannabis in the state of Missouri. All facilities must use a certified seed-to-sale system to track inventory and report inventory levels or discrepancies to the state. In January, the first six seed-to-sale systems were approved to operate in Missouri. In January 2020, 192 medical cannabis dispensaries received licenses, and as of July 2020, are all still in the process of becoming operational and are not yet open to the public.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN MISSOURI?
The cities of Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield have pushed for the decriminalization of cannabis since 2004; decriminalization laws were enacted at a municipal level before the entire state of Missouri adopted a similar law.
In May 2014, Missouri passed Senate Bill 491, which minimized penalties for cannabis related charges. First-time possessions of up to 10 grams of cannabis were no longer punishable by jail-time. The bill, which went into effect in 2017, also reduced penalties for the sale and cultivation of cannabis, and reinstated probation or parole for third-time drug felony convictions.
In July 2014, the House Bill 2238 was signed into law, legalizing the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat persistent seizures. A licensed neurologist is responsible for identifying patients who have not responded well to other treatments and might benefit from treatments using CBD. These oils cannot contain more than .3% THC. In 2015, Missouri issued licenses to two non-profits to grow cannabis for CBD oil to be sold to patients.
In November 2018, Missouri residents approved the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. Qualified patients are now allowed to purchase medical cannabis, with a set tax of 4%, as well as grow up to six flowering plants, six nonflowering plants, and six clones in their homes, if they receive a qualifying patient cultivation identification card. 100% of tax revenue from cannabis sales must be awarded to services benefiting American veterans.
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