Missouri Says "Yes" to Medical Marijuana - What To Know Now

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November 7, 2018
Michael McGrory
SmithAmundsen Medical Cannabis Alert

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While the official tally is not yet in, it became clear late Tuesday night that Missouri voters have chosen to legalize medical marijuana in their state.

Missouri citizens voted to adopt Amendment 2, or the New Approach Missouri Amendment. Amendment 3 (the Bradshaw Amendment) and Proposition C (the Missouri Patient Care Act) failed to garner enough votes to pass. It would not be surprising, though, if this is not the last we hear from the backers of Amendment 3 and Proposition C. A great deal of money and effort went into promoting the three competing ballot initiatives, and the backers of the unsuccessful efforts may very well mount a legal challenge.

Key Provisions of Amendment 2

 Amendment 2 provides a robust program that should allow for a flourishing medical marijuana industry in Missouri, while at the same time caters to patients with modest registration fees, home grow provisions, and other protective measures. Entrepreneurs who hope to get involved in Missouri’s medical cannabis industry must be familiar with the licensure and regulatory scheme set out in Amendment 2. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the key characteristics:

Next Steps for Medical Cannabis License Hopefuls

Even though the contours of Missouri’s medical cannabis program may not yet be etched in stone, and applications will not be due for several months, now is not the time for marijuana entrepreneurs to sit on the fence. There are a number of steps license hopefuls can take to get started and to enhance their position. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it is a start:

Conclusion

SmithAmundsen’s medical cannabis counsel have been through this process with a number of states, and appreciate how exciting and tumultuous it can be to implement a brand new medical marijuana program like this. Prospective applicants have a lot of work to do to ensure that their application is as good as it can be, and should get started without delay.