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More than 4,000 Missourians approved for marijuana cards in program’s first month

Other than applying for a medical marijuana card, July 23 was a pretty ordinary day for a Springfield man in his mid-30s. He got up early, went in to work and got home by 5 p.m.

He completed the process from his living room in his second-floor, south Springfield apartment. The man invited a News-Leader reporter to observe, on the condition that his name and health condition not be disclosed to the public.

He was among the first 4,500 Missourians to give it a try since the state health department began taking applications June 28. In the month since then, almost all Missouri patient and caregiver applications have been approved, according to data provided to the News-Leader late Monday. 

The Springfield man said he lives with one of the health conditions outlined by name under Missouri’s medical marijuana law, Amendment 2. The amendment allows physicians to certify patients for marijuana if they live with one of nine diseases listed: Examples include glaucoma, cancer or epilepsy. Patients with other chronic or terminal conditions can also be certified if a physician thinks they should be treated with cannabis. Amendment 2 does not allow for recreational cannabis use, or for anyone to consume cannabis products in public. [Read more at Springfield News-Leader]

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