Missouri voters approved medical marijuana by passing Amendment 2 in Tuesday’s election, so smoke ’em if you got ’em, right? Wrong, Kansas City reports.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will spend months developing rules before the first medical marijuana card is even applied for, much less granted. It will take even longer before anyone can apply to sell it.
Those rule-making processes haven’t always gone smoothly in the other 31 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
Jack Cardetti of a New Approach Missouri, the group that pushed for legalization, said it tried to model its constitutional amendment on states where the rollout was smoothest. But he said it will still probably be late 2019 or early 2020 before anyone can walk into a dispensary in Missouri and buy medical marijuana.
The state will also have to write rules about how much people with marijuana cards can buy and possess at one time, although Amendment 2 provides some minimum limits.
As the state is writing its regulations, local governments may be writing their own.
Amendment 2 doesn’t allow cities and counties to ban dispensaries within their borders, but it does allow them to limit things like where they’re located and what hours they’re open.