State releases more information regarding medical marijuana

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined as many as 10 medical marijuana testing facilities could be licensed in Missouri by the end of the year.

Article XIV of the state constitution, passed in November 2018 with more than 60 percent approval, calls for at least two testing facilities for the new medical marijuana accessibility program.

The department also established 10 advisory committees composed of subject matter experts who helped review questions for the facility license applications in late April. Application questions and the evaluation criteria scoring table were updated based on committee recommendations and are available online at

One member from each advisory committee serves on the Medical Marijuana Scoring Advisory Committee. This committee determines the weight of each topic within the application scoring process.

Topics include:

  • character, veracity, background, qualifications and relevant experience or managers;
  • business plan proposed by applicant, which in the case of cultivation facilities and dispensaries include ability to maintain an adequate supply, plans to ensure safety and security of patients and the community, procedures used to prevent diversion and any plan for making marijuana available to low-income qualifying patients;
  • site security;
  • experience in legal cannabis market;
  • in the case of medical marijuana testing facilities, the experience of their personnel with testing marijuana, food or drugs for toxins and/or potency and health care industry experience;
  • potential for positive impact in the site community;
  • in the case of medical marijuana cultivation facilities, capacity or experience with agriculture, horticulture and health care;
  • in the case of dispensaries, capacity or experience with health care, suitability of the proposed location and accessibility;
  • In the case of infused products, capacity or experience with food and beverage manufacturing; and
  • maintaining competitiveness in the marketplace.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.​

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