Draft of rules for medical marijuana facilities released for Missouri

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) recently released additional drafts of rules for medical marijuana facilities.

The draft of rules now created for cultivation facilities, dispensary facilities, infused products manufacturing facilities and medical marijuana establishments in general. Officials say these rules are subject to change.

Those with the DHSS hosted public forums throughout the state.

“It was a great opportunity for us to travel the state and hear from parties interested in this program,” said Lyndall Fraker, Director of the DHSS Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation. “All feedback we received was considered, and is still being considered, as we continue drafting the rules.”

These drafts are giving business owners in Springfield a new direction. Canna Bliss on W. Republic Rd. currently sells CBD products. They hope to apply for a medical marijuana license.

"We are working on a dispensary license," Jamie Tillman, owner of Canna Bliss, said. "I want people to be able to easily come into the store."

Tillman has a personal tie to the industry.

"Medical marijuana was always something that was interesting to me," Tillman said. "A family member of mine got diagnosed with a brain tumor and she was in a lot of pain. I hated to see her suffer."

Tillman found CBD products were a helpful solution.

Aug. 3 medical marijuana facilities will be able to apply for licenses.

"We are ready to go," Tillman said. "We are applying for a Springfield location and maybe a couple more and then one in Lebanon as well."

To learn more about the draft of rules created for facilities by the DHSS, visit: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/draft-rules.php

The city of Springfield is working on a medical marijuana zoning ordinance. The proposal will go before city council Mar. 28.