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  • June 8, 2020, the Department re-activated its toll-free Patient Services’ customer call line. The call line was temporarily suspended during the State’s response to the covid-19 pandemic. During that time, Patient Services continued to process applications, call applicants regarding application corrections, and answer customer emails.

  • June 5, 2020, the Department released the Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program’s first Annual Report to the Governor. The Department is required to annually submit a report to the Governor regarding the efficient discharge of its responsibilities under Article XIV Section 1 of the Missouri Constitution. Reported  activities are based on the program year of December 6, 2018, through December 5, 2019. Article XIV contained several Constitutional deadlines for its first program year including: begin accepting pre-file facility license applications by January 5, 2019, make all application forms and instructions publicly available by June 4, 2019, being accepting patient, caregiver, and patient cultivation applications by July 4, 2019, and being accepting facility applications by August 3, 2019.  The Department successfully met each of these deadlines.
  • June 5, 2020, the Department posted to its website two new graphics tracking facility compliance measures. The first showed the number of licensees that have completed a process through which the Department verifies the licensee meets minimum standards for licensure. The second showed the number of facility commencement inspections requested, in-progress, and completed. Both graphics were designed to be updated as facilities progress through these processes.

  • May 12, 2020, the Department published adjusted fee schedules for facilities and patients. Article XIV Section 1, states, “…application and license fees shall be increased or decreased each year by the percentage of increase or decrease from the end of the previous calendar year of the Consumer Price Index, or successor index as published by the U.S. Department of Labor or its successor agency”. The Department will annually implement fee adjustments to align with the Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program’s budget cycle and State’s fiscal year of July 1 – June 30, and will annually publish new fees each Spring. The Consumer Price Index rose 2.3 percent from 2018 to 2019. This increase was applied to licensure fees for July 2, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

  • April 9, 2020, the Department held a call with representatives from Missouri law enforcement associations, Department of Public Safety and Department of Corrections. The purpose of the call was to provide updates on program implementation and guidance on Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program rules.

  • April 1, 2020, the Department launched its Missouri Medical Marijuana Program Patient Services Weekly Newsletter. Sign up here to become a member and stay up to date with weekly updates from the patient services team. Subscription members have the capability to log into their subscription account and view archived copies of past editions of the newsletter. The Department also launched two new webpages. On the About Us page, visitors can learn about the history of the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program, the department’s organizational structure, and priorities for the program. The Feedback page provides visitors the opportunity to take short surveys about the program’s customer service and website.

  • On March 4-5, 2020, the Department held a mandatory Medical Marijuana Facilities Welcome Meeting in Jefferson City for all facility licensees. Each facility was represented by two staff members of their choosing per license. Attendees were provided an opportunity to meet the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation’s Facility Licensing and Compliance team; learn about program policies and procedures; and network with other licensees. Other state agencies including the Departments of Agriculture, Labor and Industrial Relations, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and Revenue also attended the meeting to provide the State’s new industry with information on their respective regulations and requirements, as well as information to help their new business in Missouri. A great resource for these and other new Missouri businesses is the state’s Open for Business portal that is intended to help businesses navigate government.

  • March 3, 2020, the Department posted draft rule revisions to the website for public comments.  While it is not required to post or solicit public comments during the drafting phase of rulemaking, the department is committed to transparency and in engaging the public in the development of the program’s regulatory framework.
  • Issuance of licenses:
    • Laboratory Testing facilities – December 19, 2019
    • Transportation facilities – December 23, 2019
    • Cultivation facilities – December 26, 2019
    • Infused-Products Manufacturing facilities – January 10, 2020
    • Dispensary facilities – January 24, 2020
    • Seed to Sale – January 31, 2020

  • November 26, 2019, the Department filed Emergency Rule 19 CSR 30-95.028, Additional Licensing Procedures, which were set to become effective December 5, 2019.  This change permits the Department to award licensure to the next entity on the Rank and Score list in the event that an awarded entity fails to accept licensure or otherwise cannot begin operations.

  • August 3 – 19, 2019, the Department held an open application period to accept facility applications for licensing and certification of cultivation, infused-products manufacturing, dispensary, testing, seed-to-sale, and transportation facilities. The Constitution mandated the Department begin accepting and processing facility applications no later than August 3, 2019.  the Department held an open application period to accept facility applications for licensing and certification of cultivation, infused-products manufacturing, dispensary, testing, seed-to-sale, and transportation facilities.  The constitution mandated the Department begin accepting and processing facility applications no later than August 3, 2019.

  • August 9, 2019, the Office of Administration awarded the third-party blind scoring contract to vendor Wise Health Solutions, Inc.  Based on research of other state medical marijuana facility licensing processes and public input, the Department adopted a blind scoring process to be conducted by an independent third-party in order to create a fair and impartial license award process.

  • As of July 26, 2019, video tutorials and informational tools were posted to the website to assist facility applicants in navigating the application process.

  • June 28, 2019, the Department opened the registry portal to the public and began accepting patient, caregiver, and patient cultivation applications.  The constitution mandated the Department begin appecting and processing these applications no later than July 4, 2019, even though there were no licensed dispensaries.

  • June 4, 2019, the Department posted all sample application forms and instructions for patients and facilities to the website for public review as required by the constitution. 

  • By May 31, 2019, a call center began answering public inquiries from 8:30- 3:30 daily as well as responding to emails received through MedicalMarijuanaInfo@health.mo.gov

  • By May 20, 2019, the Department received numerous public comments on proposed rules.  Beginning February 21, 2019, the Department placed drafts of proposed rules on its website and maintained a Suggestion Form for public input on the drafts.  There were over 600 public comments received on the filed emergency rules. 

  • As of April 25, 2019, 10 Advisory Committee meetings held, one for each of the facility application scoring criteria established by constitution.   The purpose of the advisory committees was to submit expert advice on the application questions to implement the numerical scoring system established by Article XIV. These committees reviewed and suggested revisions to initial drafts of facility application scoring criteria questions based on their expertise and public comments.  In addition, the advisory committees recommended weights for each scoring criteria question and topic.  Each committee consisted of representatives from topic-relevant state agencies as well as members of the public with experience in the topic of their committee.  Information regarding committee representatives, meeting dates, meeting minutes and audio of meetings can be found here.

  • April 5, 2019, the Office of Administration awarded a contract for medical marijuana facility and patient application system. Click here to learn more about the state’s procurement rules. This system was necessary to timely process applications for patient cards and facility licenses per the constitution. 

  • As of March 7, 2019, five public forums were held to educate the public about the new program and to receive public suggestions.  The forums engaged over 775 individuals representing constituents, law enforcement, local government, and other state agencies.  Public input from these forums were used to help develop program rules.
    • February 13, 2019: Jefferson City
    • February 27, 2019: Poplar Bluff
    • February 28, 2019: St. Louis
    • March 6, 2019: Kanas City
    • March 7, 2019: Springfield

  • As of February 4, 2019, the Department staffed the new program’s leadership, drafted emergency rules, established the program’s webpage, and requested appropriation authority. 

  • As of January 10, 2019, the Department issued a news release advising the public of the rule making process.  Article XIV mandated that all application forms and instructions for patients, caregivers, and facilities be made available by June 4, 2019. In order for the Department to create, receive, evaluate, and approve or deny each of these application types and for an applicant to determine whether applying was in their best interest, it was necessary that both the Department and the applicant know what would be required of them going forward. Patients and caregivers needed to know what would be required of them if they were approved as a patient or caregiver, and the Department needed to know how to evaluate whether an individual qualified and how to regulate that individual’s authorizations as soon as the individual was approved. Relatedly, businesses needed to know what would be required of them if they were approved as a medical marijuana facility, and the Department needed to know how to evaluate whether the businesses were best qualified to operate as a particular type of facility in Missouri. All of this necessitated that a regulatory framework be in place on the day applications were made available on June 4, 2019. To meet this constitutional deadline, it was necessary to initially draft emergency rules. Because of the importance of public input, a process was created to post draft rules on the Department website for public comment before filing the rules.  Revised draft rules were posted with the comments incorporated.   This process of posting drafts and revised drafts continued until filing the rules. 

  • As of January 5, 2019, the Department began accepting pre-filed facility applications as required by dates established in constitution for program implementation. 

  • As of December 6, 2018, Article XIV became effective on December 6, 2018, and grants authority to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to license and regulate medical marijuana in Missouri. Specifically, the Department shall have the authority to:
    • Grant or refuse to grant state licenses;
    • Suspend, restrict and revoke any issued license and/or certification;
    • Impose fines or administrative penalties as authorized under this law or rules promulgated pursuant to this law;
    • Develop forms, certificates, licenses, identification cards, and applications;
    • Track Seed to Sale of medical marijuana;
    • Issue standards for sanitation, storage, transportation, and labeling of marijuana and marijuana-infused products;
    • Charge fees;
    • Implement and enforce safe use of marijuana including inspections, investigations, searches, and seizures.

  • On November 6, 2018, 65% of Missouri voters approved constitutional Amendment 2 as Article XIV Section 1. Right to access medical marijuana.