Missouri Passes Medical Marijuana...So What Happens Now?

Now the application process begins for all involved

Brett Blume
November 08, 2018 - 7:35 am

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Missouri joined the growing list of states (now 31) that will allow medical marijuana, when Amendment 2 passed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.

So what happens next? Jack Cardetti, spokesman for New Approach Missouri, Amendment 2's primary backers, explains. 

"In early December, the law will start to take effect," Cardetti told KMOX News. "Then, we set strict deadlines for the Missouri Department of Health to put out applications by next spring."

He says patients will then start working with their doctors to qualify for a marijuana card, and by early June the state health department will begin accepting those applications. State health officials must also accept or reject dispensary applications within 150 days of receiving them.

Potential growers and manufacturers also have to go through the process of applying for a state health permit.

Related: Breaking Down Missouri's 3 Medical Marijuana Measures

So, why did Amendment 2 pass easily, but Amendment 3 and Proposition C fail?

"Certainly there were progressive organizations and voters that supported it," Cardetti pointed out. "But there were also very conservative...Republican...Libertarian voters that just frankly don't believe government ought to be getting in between the doctor-patient relationship."

There was also a strong viral push in places like Reddit for voting "yes" on Amendment 2 and "no" on Amendment 3 and Proposition C.

Related: Missouri Voters Say Yes to Medical Marijuana

The Associated Press contributed to this story.