May 24, 2019

DHSS releases final rules for the implementation of Amendment 2

Media Contact:
Lisa Cox
Chief, Office of Public Information
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has released final rules for the medical marijuana program, which were filed today as emergency rules and as proposed rules with the Missouri Secretary of State.

The final rules, which are eleven separate rules, are now posted on the DHSS website. The rules will go into effect on June 3, and will remain in effect until the proposed rules (which are the same rules as the emergency rules) and any changes based on public comment, are in effect.  Article XIV of the Constitution tasks DHSS with having all rules finalized by June 4. A paper version of online facility application forms will be available on the DHSS website on or before June 4. Public comment on the proposed rules will be accepted during the month of July, and a public hearing will be held on the proposed rules. DHSS will begin accepting facility applications on August 3, per guidelines set in the constitutional amendment.

The department wants to thank the public for their input throughout the drafting process. DHSS received over 500 comments regarding the rulemaking process and rule suggestions, which significantly aided in the drafting process. Further, DHSS would like to thank the members of the 11 advisory panels who provided guidance and ultimately approved the facility application questions and methodology which will be used to select license recipients.

More information about the implementation of Missouri's medical marijuana program can be found at

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