Missouri voters have approved at least one of three medical marijuana measures appearing on the state’s ballot on Tuesday.
With 50 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press projected that Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment to allow medical cannabis, passed.
Under the new law, qualified patients who have approval from their physicians will receive identification cards from the state that will allow them and their registered caregivers to grow up to six marijuana plants and purchase at least four ounces of cannabis from dispensaries on a monthly basis.
Doctors will be able to recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit; there is no specific list of qualifying disorders.
Additionally, the state regulators will issue licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as cultivation, testing and infused product manufacturing businesses.
“Thanks to the unflagging efforts of patients and advocates, Missourians who could benefit from medical marijuana will soon be able to use it without fear of being treated like criminals,” Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), said. “We hope lawmakers will implement the measure efficiently and effectively to ensure qualified patients can gain access to their medicine as soon as possible.” [Read more at Forbes]