Missouri Minute: Judge strikes down medical marijuana residency requirement; new Cerner CEO lays out vision

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Missouri’s medical marijuana industry is now fair game for out-of-state operators. A federal judge struck down a residency requirement for ownership of medical marijuana businesses in the state, and on Tuesday the state department that regulates medical marijuana indicated it won’t appeal the decision. That wipes away part of a 2018 constitutional amendment that required businesses in the industry to be majority-owned by Missouri residents for at least a year. Elsewhere in state government, Gov. Mike Parson announced a reshuffling of his cabinet on Tuesday. New leaders will take over five state agencies, including the Department of Economic Development, the Office of Administration and the Department of Social Services. Sarah Steelman, who said she was asked to resign from the Office of Administration, stepped down months after her husband and former University of Missouri curator, David Steelman, publicly clashed with Parson. In other news of leadership changes, the new chief executive of Cerner laid out his vision for the Kansas City area’s largest private employer. David Feinberg said Tuesday at the health care technology company’s annual conference that Cerner must strive to reduce the “noise” in health care to offer providers and patients more useful data.


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No residency required for Missouri medical marijuana, federal judge rules
The previous rule said the majority of a state-licensed cultivation plant, dispensary or manufacturing facility had to be owned by Missouri residents. Tuesday’s decision will allow out-of-state companies into the local industry. (Kansas City Star)

Spire asks for another pipeline extension
The St. Louis-based natural gas company requested the U.S. Supreme Court allow the Spire STL Pipeline to stay open beyond its current extension, which ends Dec. 13, considering customers need its services in the winter months. (Associated Press)

New Cerner CEO lays out company goals during keynote address
On his third day on the job, former Google Health executive David Feinberg talked about streamlining medical processes for the North Kansas City-based health care IT company. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Parson shakes up staff
The governor made personnel changes across five state agencies Tuesday, including the Office of Administration, Department of Social Services and Department of Economic Development. (Missouri Independent)

St. Louis City SC proposes parking garage with retail and events
Along with more than 450 parking spots, the structure near the new Major League Soccer team’s future stadium would bring in year-round revenue and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood, team officials say. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Bridgerton automotive structure manufacturer to lay off 52
Challenge Mfg. Holdings is expected to let the employees go sometime in the first two weeks of December. (St. Louis Business Journal)

St. Louis NAACP to enforce and emphasize state travel advisory
Originally implemented in 2017, the advisory warns people of color not to visit Missouri. The group is re-upping it because of a North St. Louis County recreation center that has yet to be built. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Hawaiian Bros Island Grill crowdfunding for investors
The Kansas City-based restaurant chain is aiming to raise $2 million on private investment platform Republic. It recently launched a funding round that seeks to raise $7.5 million. (Kansas City Business Journal)

Clean Water Commission upholds Ameren coal plant permit
The 2015 permit allows the Labadie Coal Plant to discharge superheated water into the Missouri River. The Sierra Club challenged it under claims of violating the Clean Water Act. (Missouri Independent)


Say that again

“I just want it to be an escape for women to have fun and remember that life is still good, and I want them to make new friends.”

That’s Jamie Kinkeade, owner of a Springfield fitness business, The Studio. Kinkeade’s YouTube workout videos went viral during the pandemic, the Springfield News-Leader reports. The Studio originally started posting workout videos to accommodate people who could not participate in Kinkeade’s sold-out in-person classes. The videos found new popularity during the stay-at-home orders, garnering millions of views. Kinkeade has since implemented a successful online subscription model for her digital workout content.


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54%

A recent survey found 54% of recruiters have had a worker turn down a job offer due to lack of remote-work flexibility, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. Additionally, 60% of recruiters feel that employers are at risk of losing employees if remote accommodations are not made. The pandemic revealed to many workers and employers that online work is not only possible, but that it sometimes yields more productivity than fully in-person work.


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A cavalcade of state officials converged in Rocheport on Tuesday for a ceremony marking the start of construction on the replacement for the Interstate 70 bridge across the Missouri River. The current bridge, which was built in 1960 and is now rated in poor condition, will be replaced by two separate bridges at a projected cost of $240 million, the Columbia Missourian reports. An estimated 12.5 million vehicles cross the current bridge annually, according to state transportation officials.


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Maggie Kost

Kost will serve as acting director of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. The current head of the department, Rob Dixon, recently announced plans to exit the position to take a job with Ameren Missouri. Kost will take the reins on Oct. 22. She currently serves as deputy director of the department and has previously served as its spokesperson as well.


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