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State publishes draft rules for medical marijuana facilities

State publishes draft rules for medical marijuana facilities

May 1st, 2019 by Joe Gamm in Local News

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana cultivator works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. More than 400 pre-applications from potential marijuana growers and sellers had already been filed with the state of Missouri, months before licenses were set to be awarded. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will continue to accept feedback on draft rules for medical marijuana use, production and dispensaries until May 15.

Most recently, it posted draft rules for "Seed-to-Sale Tracking" — the system, including the statewide track-and-trace system, that is designed to track medical marijuana from seed or immature plant until the time it is sold to a qualifying patient or caregiver.

The systems must provide Health Department access to all information within its database; produce analytical reports; and monitor total and average daily, monthly and yearly sales at a facility per product type. It must maintain inventory or sales records adjustments at the facility.

Draft rules may be found at health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana.

Previously, the state had posted draft rules for Patient/Primary Care Giver, Dispensary Facility, Infused Products Manufacturing Facility and Medical Marijuana Establishments Generally.

To provide feedback on draft rules, go to health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/suggestion-form.php and fill out a suggestion form.

As of April 25, the department has received 151 pre-filed application forms for cultivation facilities, 269 pre-filed forms for dispensary facilities and 79 pre-filed forms for medical marijuana-infused manufacturing facilities. As of April 25, the department had received $3,598,000 in non-refundable application fees to operate the facilities.

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The fee for an application for a cultivation facility is $10,000; for a dispensary facility is $6,000; and for a medical marijuana-infused manufacturing facility is $6,000.

Facility license application forms and instructions will be available online beginning June 4. The department will accept completed applications Aug. 3-17.

The department will use a "blind facility application scoring process" to select businesses to receive licenses. The process should be completed by Dec. 31.