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

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

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Several doctors offices and clinics in the Springfield area say they’ve already received calls from patients wanting the prescription card to get medical marijuana after voters approved a constitutional amendment last night. "All they have to do is go to their normal doctor, have their doctor certify that they have a condition that’s covered under our law, they send that certification in to the department of health, the department of health issues them a patient card, they take that patient card to a dispensary and get their medicine," said Chip Sheppard, a board member for New Approach Missouri. 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 […]

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