On Tuesday, Consultant Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, filed laws that may push apart the licensing limits applied by Missouri medical marijuana regulators.
Whereas there are not any limits to the variety of licenses that may be issued, the Constitutional Modification that Missouri voters permitted which turned Article XIV of the state’s Structure required a minimal variety of licenses to be issued based mostly on inhabitants information. For the reason that inception of this system, state regulators have used that guideline as a framework for license issuance.
HB 2540 would require the Part for Medical Marijuana Regulation to “situation a license to any applicant who meets minimal requirements for the license for which the applicant applies.”
The one perceived exemption can be in circumstances that may create a battle with present laws concerning substantial widespread management.
The invoice would additionally require SMMR to show over figuring out info of licensees on the request of a committee of the final meeting. The scope of that info would come with, “ figuring out info of any entities holding licenses, the possession construction of any such entities, and figuring out info of particular person house owners of, or every other people with a monetary or controlling curiosity in, any such entities.”
Missouri at present has 57 of 62 required cultivation licenses, 85 of 88 required manufacturing amenities, and 202 of 192 required dispensary licenses issued. Initially, solely 60 cultivation licenses and 86 manufacturing licenses had been required to be issued. A rise in Missouri’s population created new constitutional minimums for medical marijuana licenses. All the required licenses had been initially issued, however some are now not energetic.
“The entire variety of energetic licenses has fluctuated over time as licenses had been surrendered or revoked and openings had been crammed with new licensees. The period of time between when a gap happens and when it’s crammed is only a matter of the time it takes to work by way of every new license issuance,” Lisa Cox, Communications Director for Missouri Division of Well being and Senior Companies, defined.
Presently, 45 cultivation licenses, 61 manufacturing licenses, and 183 dispensary licenses are permitted to function.
Missouri has greater than 1 operational dispensary for each 1000 energetic sufferers within the state.
Learn the total textual content of the invoice under.