The Department of Health and Senior Services has published its second annual report of the Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program. DHSS is required constitutionally to annually submit a report to the Governor regarding the efficient discharge of its responsibilities. Reported activities are based on the program year of December 6, 2019, through December 5, 2020.
Including Missouri, 21 states implemented medical marijuana laws since 2005.
DHSS is charged with providing safe and secure access to medical marijuana for qualifying Missouri patients. During the second program year, DHSS issued 56,448 patient licenses and renewed 12,062 patient licenses. DHSS also began facility commencement inspections, giving approval to operate to 10 cultivation, two laboratory testing, two transportation, one manufacturing, and 17 dispensary facilities.
In the current and upcoming program year, DHSS will continue to monitor facilities’ progress and ability to meet the needs of patients. This requires strong collaboration with Missouri’s licensed facilities and patients, balanced by fair and impartial application of the law.