What you should know about medical marijuana in Missouri: How to get a card, what are the qualifiers and more.
Monday morning, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said it was just 25 medical marijuana patient cards shy of 40,000 Show-Me Staters approved for cannabis as medical treatment.
Following the constitutional rules Missouri voters approved when they opted for medical marijuana Amendment 2 in Nov. 2018, health authorities began approving patients for medical cannabis as treatment on June 28 of last year.
Since that time, roughly 1,000 patient cards have been approved each week.
The current level of processed applications, according to data provided to the News-Leader Monday morning, now include 39,975 Missourians approved for qualifying patient ID cards.
Another 1,132 approvals have gone out to caregivers, according to the data. Caregivers are folks who help provide medical cannabis to others but may not necessarily be approved patients themselves.
Among those two groups, 12,171 Missourians have been approved as home-growing cultivators.
A spokesperson for the Missouri health department said last week that at that time she did not anticipate delays to Missouri medical marijuana caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The News-Leader reached out to ask if that was still the case this week and will update this report when new information is available.
Gregory Holman is the investigative reporter for the News-Leader and has been following medical cannabis topics since Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 in 2018. Email news tips to email@example.com and consider supporting vital local journalism by subscribing. Learn more by visiting News-Leader.com/subscribe.
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