The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is in charge of the health services regulation for medical marijuana. The division dedicated to this task is the Division of Cannabis Regulation, and it can be contacted via mail at PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570, or by calling the toll-free access line at 866-219-0165, available from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm CST, Monday through Thursday. For general inquiries, their email address is [email protected].
Adult Use FAQs and General FAQs about medical marijuana can provide valuable information for interested parties. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has also provided news releases, which can be accessed through their website. The announcement on the new marijuana law, known as “Amendment 3”, provides details on its implementation and effects on the Missouri Constitution.
Medical marijuana in Missouri refers to cannabis strains with a THC content greater than 0.3% on a dry weight basis. Although medical marijuana is legal in the state, possession of marijuana remains a federal offense as federal law is still applicable.
Article XIV Section 2 of the Missouri Constitution has been updated to legalize marijuana for adults aged 21 and older, under a system that licenses, regulates, and taxes businesses involved in the marijuana industry, while aiming to protect public health. Businesses are required to collect a 4% retail tax on marijuana product sales, designated for the Missouri Veteran’s Health and Care fund. This is in addition to any general state and local sales and use taxes.
XIV Section 2 – Missouri Revisor of Statutes provides a detailed insight into the regulation and taxation of marijuana legalization. The rules for medical marijuana have been crafted through collaborative efforts involving public forums, engagement with various public agencies, and consideration of public inquiries and suggestions. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services oversees these rules to ensure they are in accordance with Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution.
The About Us section of the Health Services Regulation provides more information about the department and its role in regulating medical marijuana. Additionally, an EMERGENCY RULE has been filed to address urgent matters related to medical marijuana regulation.
Revenue from the marijuana sales tax will also be allocated to governmental entities for expunging certain marijuana offenses, the Missouri veterans commission for healthcare and other services for veterans, the Missouri public defender system for providing legal assistance to low-income Missourians, and local governments if they tax cannabis sales.