Missouri is still months away from making its first legal medical marijuana sales, but one St. Louis doctor and traveling cannabis health clinic is being accused of jumping the starting line — and allegedly crossing into drug dealing.
As first reported by the Springfield News-Leader on Saturday, the case revolves around Heath City MD, a Brentwood-based company which this summer began sending a traveling clinic, the “CannaBus,” to small towns across the state. Outside head shops and alternative health clinics, long lines of would-be patients showed up pay $125 for a physician’s certification, which is a key step to obtaining a state-issued medical marijuana card.
It is the “bus” — a black Mercedes-Benz van — which is at the center of allegations that Health City MD is doing more than just registering patients to make legal pot purchases in the future. According to the News-Leader report, the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that it is investigating the complaints, but it’s also worth noting that the newspaper’s report is largely based on the work of a private investigator in Columbia, Melinda Kidder, who documented her own undercover visit to a CannaBus….