Medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri — what’s the holdup and when will they open?
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.” Well, it looks like we finally have our answer, “late July, early August.”
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.”
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.