Missouri's Medical Marijuana Law One of The Best?

John W. Payne and I agree on many things. Yet, if these issues are not addressed, A2 may go down as one that began with good intent - and ended as a corrupted pay to play.

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I agree in degrees, John.

  • Yes, A2 is one of the better medical cannabis constitutional amendments in the US. Based largely on Colorado’s A20 and HB1284 models

  • Yes, the market study does appear to underestimate the need/desire for cannabis in MO based on other state comparisons.

Yet, there are some concerns and perhaps a few flaws in the implementation of application standards.


PROBLEM 1. Liquid capital clauses. Did MO voters only want the wealthy to participate on this revolutionary moment? Did MO voters want to eliminate mom and pop operators?

For cultivation facility applicants – Have you committed and will you control not less than $500,000 in liquid capital, for the purpose of this business venture, that is not also committed for another facility license application or any other?


For dispensary and manufacturer facility applicants - Have you committed and will you control not less than $300,000 in liquid capital, for the purpose of this business venture, that is not also committed for another facility license application or any other project?


For testing facility applicants - Have you committed and will you control not less than $200,000 in liquid capital, for the purpose of this business venture, that is not also committed for another facility license application or any other project?


For transportation applicants - Have you committed and will you control not less than $150,000 in liquid capital, for the purpose of this business venture, that is not also committed for another facility license application or any other project?


PROBLEM 2. Did the DHSS just rob Peter to pay Paul? A2 required NON REFUNDABLE application fees. BEFORE it declared the liquid capital questions/requirements (for points.) That’s a bit of bait switch and perhaps deceive. What is a local mom and pop shop placed paid the non refundable application fees ($6,000 - $10,000) and does NOT have a half million dollars sitting in a bank?


PROBLEM 3. Based on the tapes from the committee hearings and questions contained within the application drafts, Missouri residents that actually grew marijuana and got caught are penalized. Out of state residents that grow marijuana ‘legally’ in their own states are awarded.


John, I respect your intellectual value and opinion - but avoiding the problems create imbalances of justice, awareness and opportunity for local residents.


A2 is a very good amendment - it’s what has come thereafter that concerns me.


If these issues are not address - A2 may begin good - and end as one of the most corrupt and exclusive in the nation. I know this was not your intent, John. Nor the intent of the MO voters.


Now, let’s fix it. Remove the liquid assets ‘rich only’ clauses. Award point to all local residents that have experience with cannabis - not just out of state operators (like myself.)

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