Three private-sector sources tied to Amendment 2’s development said, “It will be more than a year before Missouri patients will be able to step into a dispensary and legally buy marijuana as a doctor-recommended treatment”.
State officials can edit the rules, but the voter-approved amendment to the Missouri constitution orders them to complete by June 4th, 2019.
- One requirement is “commencement inspection”. DHSS’s proposed rules state that once marijuana businesses get their state issued licenses this year, the business will still need “final approval” after they pass a state commencement inspection. Once these are all completed, is when a business can begin to operate.
- The other requirement is a “Facility Agent Identification Card”. These state-issued cards will be a must for all owners, officers, managers, contractors, and employees at marijuana businesses.
Draft rules says that rules that applications for agent ID cards will be accepted beginning February 15, 2020. That’s six weeks after the deadline for the state to award marijuana business licenses: December 31, 2019.
Missouri’s Amendment known as Article XIV of the State Constitution. A key deadline is December 31. At a time no later than this date, Missouri must hand out approved business licenses. Amendment 2 compels Missouri to allow for 192 dispensaries. Of those 24 will be located in the 7th Congressional district, which includes Springfield and Greene County.
City Council and Springfield’s planning and zoning commission are currently deciding where the dispensaries can be located within the city limits, a process they expect to complete in April.
Dispensaries may even be opening in June 2020. Missouri has four staff members working on medical marijuana issues and confirmed that the program will eventually have about 50 state employees.