Rep. Ron Hicks (R) is sponsoring the Missouri “Cannabis Freedom Act,” which advanced out of the House Public Safety Committee on a narrow vote late last month and has now been approved by the Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee in a 6-4 vote, according to Marijuana Moment. 

Under Missouri’s constitution, residents who have cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and 20 other conditions, can purchase or cultivate medical marijuana with a physician’s certification.

The session is set to end on May 13, so time is running out. Though it’s not the first or last legislative move made in Missouri recently. Hill’s bill also highlights opportunities for expungements, social consumption facilities, and tax deductions for cannabis business. 

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Hicks said in an earlier cosponsorship memo to colleagues that his omnibus bill as drafted was “not perfect.” Looks like Missouri will find out how lawmakers feel in just a few weeks. Stay tuned to the greenpass blog for updates about the Missouri Cannabis Freedom Act and what it means for the future of the medical marijuana in Missouri. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has to date approved the opening of 322 facilities. This is including 185 dispensaries, 63 infused product manufacturers, and 46 marijuana cultivation facilities.

DHSS has licensed and certified a total of 386 facilities to cultivate, manufacture, test, transport and dispense medical marijuana to Missouri patients.

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