Medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri are open....
The first medical marijuana sales in Missouri have started on Saturday, 10-17-2020 and lines are expected to be long. Patients are advised to bring your driver’s license or other form of government ID as well as your Missouri medical marijuana card.
In store capacity is limited due to St. Louis County COVID-19 ordinances. Masks are mandatory and store employees will take temperatures before MO medical marijuana patients can enter the dispensary.
Smokable cannabis flower will be the only product available with a one-ounce purchase limit per patient. Edibles and other products will be rolled out later. Cash or debit card only are the accepted ways to pay currently.
It’s been a year and a half since Missouri residents passed Amendment 2 officially establishing a medical marijuana program in the state. And for a year and a half medical marijuana patients have been asking, “when are dispensaries going to open in Missouri.” Delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, “October?”
Medical marijuana dispensaries are so close to opening in Missouri that the state’s MMJ patients can almost taste it — or smell it as the case may be. In fact, four dispensaries have already passed inspections and two are open in St. Louis. Granted, they don’t have any marijuana product to sell yet, but they do offer hemp-derived CBD oils and other CBD-infused products such as CBD edibles and skin creams.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, setbacks have, in part, been due to Covid-19 shutdowns which delayed required regulatory activities such as site inspections. However, they claim, actual medical marijuana inventory is imminent.
Testing facilities are also this close to opening and should be up and running in time to get the first crop into the state’s dispensaries post haste.
“The patients of Missouri are still waiting with no clear end in sight due to the absence of approved testing facilities, and no license transporter has been licensed to operate by the state,” says Matthew Campbell, owner of Old Route 66 Wellness Dispensaries in Springfield. “As of now, cultivators growing could have products available now with no way to sell or transport without testing and transportation.”
Campbell adds, “DHSS Director of MMJ mentioned weeks ago that he believed a testing facility would be coming online within the month, and maybe in the next few weeks. However, without transportation, there is no legal way to transport it to the dispensary. These things could be solved as early as next week to months.”
Regardless of the fact that dispensaries are not yet open, the possession of marijuana is currently legal for card-carrying patients suffering from conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, HIV, glaucoma, migraines, chronic pain, muscle spasms, certain psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and any terminal illness. Other chronic and/or debilitating medical conditions may also qualify if a Missouri medical marijuana doctor feels a patient’s condition could be treated successfully with cannabis.
So far, more than 60,000 patients and caregivers have been approved for a Missouri medical marijuana card. Another 1,000-plus patients have been approved for a permit to grow their own marijuana.
One piece of good news is that because patients have yet to gain access to medical marijuana, the state is auto-renewing some cards that are already up for renewal. (Missouri medical marijuana cards are good for one year.)
And there’s even more good news. A provision in the state’s medical marijuana law earmarks all net cannabis revenue in the state to the veterans commission. And even though medical marijuana sales have not yet begun, Missouri has sent a whopping $2.1 million in revenue generated from licensing fees to military veterans health programs.
In the mean time, while Missouri’s MMJ patients wait for medicine to become available at state-licensed dispensaries, the state of Arkansas offers reciprocity, meaning that Missouri patients can use their medical marijuana card to legally purchase cannabis in their state. Also, neighboring Illinois has adult use recreational dispensaries, being one of the latest U.S. states to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana offers another option for Missourians anxious to get their hands on some legal weed.
The future looks bright for medical marijuana patients in Missouri. So far, regulators in the state have received license applications for more than 2,100 medical marijuana production facilities and dispensaries, of which about 350 have been approved. And anticipation is high for the first Missouri MMJ dispensaries to come online well before the year is out.
It’s been a year and a half since Missouri residents passed Amendment 2 officially establishing a medical marijuana program in the state. And for a year and a half medical marijuana patients have been asking, “when are dispensaries going to open in Missouri.” Delay, delay, delay, “September!”
Ever since Amendment 2 passed in Missouri more than a year and a half ago, potential medical cannabis patients in the state have been anxiously awaiting word on when they’ll be able to walk into a Missouri medical marijuana dispensary and purchase their medicine.
We finally have an answer. Sort of. The launch of medical marijuana dispensaries has now been pushed up from early 2020 to sometime mid-summer 2020.
So, what’s the hold-up? Medical marijuana has been legal in Missouri since New Year’s Day.
Apparently, due to corona-virus lockdowns, state regulators and inspectors have not been able to get inside cannabis operations to certify that they’re following all the rules. This, in turn, has prevented Missouri’s licensed cannabis growers from firing up their plants — so to speak.
In late April Governor Mike Parson’s held a news briefing on the topic of the COVID-19 crisis. At the event, Dr. Randall W. Williams, director of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services was asked about the medical marijuana launch date.
Williams implied that getting marijuana factories and pot shops up and running was not his first priority. But he did say that inspectors would be able to get into gear by mid-May and that he expects products to be on the shelves and ready to sell by “late July, early August.” now looking more like September.
Cannabis is already legal for card-carrying Missouri medical marijuana patients
While you’re waiting to experience your first Missouri dispensary adventure, know that if you already have your Missouri medical marijuana card, you are already permitted to possess medical marijuana.
Although it’s technically illegal to sell marijuana without a license from the state, The cops can’t bring you downtown for being in possession as long as you are within your legal limits.
Missouri medical marijuana patients are permitted to have up to eight ounces of smokable marijuana in their possession. That’s twice the purchase limit and considered a 60-day supply.
For cannabis concentrates such as wax or hash, the limit is 64 grams which is twice the dispensary purchase limit of 32 grams.
And for THC-infused products, the possession limit in Missouri is 6400 milligrams, which is also twice the maximum purchase. See if you qualify today.