Open a Dispensary in Missouri

Summary of Marijuana Laws

On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters passed Amendment 2, authorizing the launch of a new medical marijuana program in the state. Under the amendment, the Department of Health and Senior Services must accept medical marijuana dispensary applications no later than August 3, 2019.


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Since 2014, Missouri has had a very restrictive CBD-only program for patients with intractable epilepsy. In 2018, the Legislature failed to pass a bill that would create a separate highly restrictive program for medical marijuana.


Now that a comprehensive medical marijuana ballot measure has passed, some estimates anticipate a market value of $450M at maturity. The amendment allows home-growing of medical marijuana by registered patients and caregivers but it is highly likely the majority of patients will purchase through the proposed dispensary system.


Content updated November 7, 2018.