Medical marijuana advocates prepared for months-long process

Missouri voters approving the legalization of medical marijuana on Tuesday was just one step in what’s expected to be a months-long process — if all goes smoothly.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must develop an array of rules before taking applications for medical marijuana cards.

In the other 31 states that have legalized medical marijuana, the path from approval of the law to the sale of medical marijuana has often been fraught with complications.

Jack Cardetti of a New Approach Missouri, a group that advocated for legalization, said his group tried to model Missouri’s Amendment 2 on states where rollout has been smooth. Even so, he said it will likely be late 2019 or early 2020 before medical marijuana sales take place in Missouri.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Missourinet

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