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Zoning green: Local concerns may affect placement of medical cannabis businesses

Gayle Smith Mercier March 14, 2019
Cannabis products in plastic bag and medical canisters

While some Missouri communities are welcoming access to medical cannabis, others may be more resistant and could look to zoning codes to restrict the establishment of cannabis businesses. Amendment 2 prohibits communities from flatly excluding medical cannabis businesses, but it does allow for some restrictions. READ MORE

Highlights from the Missouri Department of Health’s first medical cannabis forum

Spenser Owens February 25, 2019
Marijuana buds spilled on a table next to a medicine bottle

On February 13, 2019, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services held a forum to hear suggestions regarding the drafting of preliminary medical cannabis regulations. Suggestions covered quality control and testing, fees and profits, startup logistics, distribution issues, and more. READ MORE

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