If it wasn’t clear by the results of a 2018 referendum that legalized medical marijuana there, new figures reported by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services should make it abundantly clear that there is demand for the treatment in the state.
The numbers, released Monday and reported by the Associated Press, showed that the department had already approved applications from more than 35,000 patients seeking a medical cannabis prescription. That is, as the AP noted, much higher than state officials in Missouri anticipated. But it’s also a continuation of an upward trend. In December, Missouri officials said they had approved nearly 22,000 medical marijuana cards since July, which, like the latest figures, also eclipsed projections.
Sixty-six percent of Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 to legalize medical marijuana, bringing the state in line with more than 30 others that have laws permitting the treatment for qualifying patients.
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In January, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began the process of doling out licenses to 192 medical marijuana dispensaries. The amendment that was passed by voters allows for at least 192 dispensaries, which breaks down to 24 in the