To lead this implementation, on December 19, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced that State Rep. Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) will join the department as director of Medical Marijuana and Amy Moore will become deputy director/counsel for Medical Marijuana.
“We are thankful for members of our DHSS team for their efforts in meeting the January 5 requirement to collect nonrefundable fees for facilities as specified in Constitutional Amendment 2,” said DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams. “We welcome Lyndall and Amy and their leadership as we dutifully execute the implementation of Amendment 2.”
Amendment 2 passed in the state during the November 6, 2018 general election. It was one of three medical marijuana measures that were on the ballot; the other two failed.
“Administering this new program needs to be done in the right way for Missouri,” Fraker said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Missouri in my new capacity.”
Williams anticipates medica
l marijuana will be available for purchase in Missouri as early as January 2020.
There will be a limited number of licenses awarded, based upon population and for dispensaries, 24 in each of the eight congressional districts, said compliance lawyer Derek Mays, founder and CEO of REAL Cannabis Co. Mays also serves on the Business and Trade Planning Committee of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association.
“The earliest you can submit your license application will be August 3,” Mays said, “and then they have 150 days to make a decision as to whether or not or who is going to receive the licenses to operate.”
Additionally, license-holding entities must be comprised of a majority of Missouri residents.
Only state-licensed physicians will be able to give patients a physician certification for medical marijuana. DHSS stated that the patient application form is being developed and will be available online no later than June 4. Patients seeking medical marijuana must apply for an identification card ($25) from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, starting July 4.
Once the patient’s application is approved, he or she will receive an identification card within 30 days of application. A patient or a primary caregiver of the qualified patient can then purchase medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary.
To sum things up , the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will oversee the program and has established the below dates for the application process:
- Jan. 5, 2019 – Pre-filed application fees will be accepted.
- June 4, 2019 – Application forms and instructions made available.
- July 4, 2019 – Applications for identification cards will be accepted.
- Aug. 3, 2019 – Facility applications will be accepted.
Now, there’s a lot to do to prepare – see below for details.
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How To Open a Marijuana Dispensary in Missouri
- Read through our Starter Package to figure out what your city will require for licensing and the boatload of other to-do items to have in place prior to submitting your applications for licensing.
- Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
- Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan.
- Acquire the necessary licenses (when available) to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
- Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
How To Grow/Cultivate Marijuana Legally in Missouri
Same as the above Marijuana Dispensary steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries and manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.
How To Start a Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturing Business In Missouri
Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with dispensaries to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don’t want to do it yourself.