Late Friday, Missouri officials released drafts of medical marijuana rules for physicians who will write certifications so patients can access medical marijuana, along with proposed rules for transportation facilities handling marijuana.
Missouri’s medical marijuana system was approved by voters in November 2018. By a wide margin, they chose Amendment 2 among three rival ballot initiatives.
The amendment sets out a timeline for making medical marijuana a part of everyday life for Missouri patients and caregivers. By law, Missouri officials must finish drafting rules by June 4. Patients may begin applying for ID cards allowing them to get medical marijuana on July 4.
It’s a medical amendment, so it uses the words “physician” or “physicians” 27 times. It defines “physician” as “an individual who is licensed and in good standing to practice medicine or osteopathy under Missouri law.” That means MDs and DOs can give patients medical marijuana certifications, not other kinds of healthcare providers. Don’t ask your chiropractor.
The amendment also specifically outlines the rights of patients and doctors to discuss treatment with medical cannabis and for doctors to recommend it. [Read more at Springfield News-Leader]
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