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Medical Marijuana Amendment Passed in Missouri

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Missouri voters approve constitutional Amendment 2, allowing "permit state-licensed physicians to recommend marijuana for medical purposes to patients with serious illnesses and medical conditions."

More than two million residents voted on Amendment 2 with 65.542% of those people voting 'Yes' on the measure. Two other medical marijuana measures failed.

 Amendment 2, including the petition, is 13 pages. You can read the full measure here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2018-051.pdf

The measure (2018-051) lists the qualifying medical conditions as:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  • A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson's disease, and Tourette's syndrome
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
  • Humane immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, when a physician determines that medical use of marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative ot the prescription medication
  • Any terminal illness
  • In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohns' disease, Huntington's disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome

Patient Access & Protections:

The measure lays out abilities by the Department of Health and Senior Services, or its successor agency as well as protections to the patient, physician, caregiver and provider.

Amendment 2 will allow a qualifying patient or their primary caregiver to get an identification card to cultivate up to six flowering marijuana plants for the "exclusive use of that Qualifying Patient." The Department can set a limit on the amount of marijuana that can be possessed by or on behalf of each qualifying patient. The measure goes into more details on those limits. The medical marijuana card will be valid for 12 months with an annual fee for the card of $100. That rate can increase or decrease each year based on the Consumer Price Index.

The Department will also require a seed-to-sale tracking system.

Taxation and Reporting:

The tax, 4% of the retail price, will be collected by each Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility and paid to the Department of Revenue. The measure then states "After retaining no more than five percent of its actual collection costs, amounts generated by the tax levied in this section shall be deposited by the Department of Revenue into the Missouri Veterans' Health and Care Fund." The State Treasurer will be the custodian of the "Missouri Veterans' Health and Care Fund."

Information from BallotPedia:

Missouri Amendment 2, Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative (2018)

  • A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to:
    • legalize marijuana for medical purposes;
    • tax marijuana sales at 4 percent; and
    • spend tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.
  • A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment to:
    • legalize marijuana for medical purposes;
    • tax marijuana sales at 4 percent; and
    • spend tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.

When will patients be allowed to purchase medical marijuana in Missouri? Amendment 2 requires the state Department of Health and Senior Services to begin accepting applications for qualifying patients within 180 days after December 6, 2018 (therefore, no later than June 4, 2019). Amendment 2 requires the department to begin accepting applications for dispensaries no later than 240 days after December 6, 2018 (therefore, no later than August 3, 2019). The department is required to accept or reject applications for dispensaries within 150 days of receiving them.