Late Friday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released more drafts of rules for the state’s emerging medical marijuana system.
According to a news release sent around 4:30 p.m., DHSS has posted draft regulations for marijuana cultivation facilities, dispensaries, manufacturing facilities and medical marijuana establishments in general.
Officials emphasized the rules are just drafts and may change. Amendment 2, formally known as Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, compels DHSS to have all of the medical cannabis program’s rules finalized by June 4.
Lyndall Fraker, Missouri’s director of medical marijuana, addresses a forum of about 100 people who gathered at Ozarks Technical Community College on March 7, 2019 to give input on how the state should write medical marijuana regulations. (Photo: Greg Holman/News-Leader)
The rules were posted following five public forums held during February and March in Jefferson City, Poplar Bluff, St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield. (About 150 people attended the Springfield forum in early March.)
Attendees to the forums had the chance to speak directly with DHSS employees in the division of medical marijuana to share their concerns and suggestions.
In the news release, Lyndall Fraker, director of the DHSS section for medical marijuana regulation, said that all of the feedback from the forums and sent in through the department’s website was and is being considered as the rule-drafting process continues.
Rules focused on ID cards for patients and caregivers were posted in February. More drafts of rules addressing other parts of the Missouri medical marijuana amendment will be posted online in the future, the release said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Rules for all types of Missouri marijuana facilities
At 13 pages, the rules for “medical marijuana facilities generally” are the longest of the four batches of