11/8/2018 Andrew Havranek KY3   Share to Facebook  Share on Google+  

Medical marijuana passes in Missouri, but what's next?


Medical marijuana passes in Missouri, but what's next?But before patients with cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, and other debilitating illness and conditions are able to get that medicinal marijuana, the Department of Health and Senior Services has to make their list of rules and guidelines. "The first thing they really have to do is try to prepare applications for people who want to be licences in the business as cultivators, manufacturers, or dispensary holders, transportation companies, those types of entities," Sheppard said. The DHSS can start to do that once the election results are certified and Amendment 2 becomes law. The Secretary of State's office believes that will be by December 6th. The Department of Health will then have until June to get those regulations in order. But, it might be at least six months after that until patients can get their first prescription for marijuana. "There's a timetable set up in the constitutional amendment when the Department of Health has to take certain actions," Sheppard said. "That all culminates with the earliest date of product, medicine, to actually be available to patients probably December of next year. SO, we're probably 13 months away, 14, realistically 14-15 months away. There's a lot for the Department of Health to do." The recreational use of marijuana will still be illegal in Missouri. Cox Health and Mercy both provided statements to KY3/KSPR's Andrew Havranek. Cox Health: In light of yesterdays election results, CoxHealth staff will begin developing protocols that account for changes in Missouri law regarding marijuana use in outpatient treatment. After



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