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Missouri Veterans Affairs Commission receives $5 million from medical cannabis program

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced May 18 that it will transfer $5 million to the Missouri Veterans Affairs Commission (MVC). According to a press release, this is the third transfer of funds to the organization, which now totals $13,978,820.

Medical Marijuana Director, Lyndall Fracker, a statement about progress being made to patients. “Today, patients are served through more than 180 dispensaries in Missouri—a 20% increase from last fall,” Fracker said. “We are pleased to see the veterans served by MVC continue to benefit from these contributions.”

Paul Kirchhoff, executive director of the Missouri Veterans Committee, also praised the continued support. “MVC will use this new money to increase support for Missouri veterans and veteran operations across seven facilities statewide,” Kirchhoff said.

Missouri residents voted to adopt the 2nd Constitutional Amendment in November 2018 (also referred to as Article 14). “The amendment includes a provision to transfer fees and taxes from the medical marijuana program, and lower operating expenses, to MVC for Military Veterans Health and Care Services,” press release Describe. “Article 14 states that medical marijuana sold in licensed dispensaries will be taxed at a rate of 4%.”

Sales began in October 2020, and since then over $335 million in sales revenue has been collected. The Riverfront Times Reports indicate that April was a particularly profitable month for medical cannabis sales, with a total of $36.76 million raised over the month, and $2.85 million raised on April 20.

MVC has received nearly $14 million as a result of the medical cannabis program. The first was for $2.1 million in fall 2020, followed by $6.8 million in 2021. Another transfer is scheduled to take place again sometime this fall.

State approved 188 licensed clinicsand 48 transplant facilities and 69 product factories to serve 185,000 patients in the state. Under Article 9 of the state constitution, Missouri residents with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and 20 other eligible conditions may purchase or grow medical cannabis with a physician’s certificate. The Missouri Medical Cannabis Commerce Association wrote in a statement issued in September 2021. “The law also provides clinicians with discretion to certify patients with other chronic and debilitating medical conditions who could benefit from medical marijuana, and legally protects their right to have such conversations.”

While medical cannabis thrives, supporters Adult Employment Initiative A legalization effort has also been put in place. As of May 9, the Legal Missouri 2022 campaign kit has been delivered Double the number of signatures As necessary to get the topic on the November 2022 ballot.

John Payne, Legal Missouri 2022 campaign manager, shared details of the achievement. “As we provide more than 385,000 petition signatures to the state today, the message from voters is clear: It is time to end the senseless and costly ban on marijuana,” Payne said. “This broad and enthusiastic display of support from the people of Missouri is beyond our expectations. We look forward to the timely review and endorsement of our petition by the Office of the Secretary of State as we continue to educate and inform voters in the coming weeks and months.”

If it becomes law, the initiative will make it legal for adults over the age of 21 to possess, consume, buy and grow cannabis. It will also help clear records of those with cannabis convictions on their records.

As of May 10, Missouri lawmakers have also approved a measure for open records Regarding medical cannabis. Sponsored by Representative Peter Meredith, the bill aims to allow lawmakers access to specific information so they can investigate whether the state has properly used its power to approve/reject cannabis licenses, if there is a need to increase licensing availability, and more — all including information that The current constitutional amendment Lawmakers are currently blocking access.

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