Missouri to take applications for cannabis plant production

Marijuana plant | Photo courtesy of Brian Statler/Flickr
A new law legalizes the use of oils extracted from cannabis plants for the treatment of seizures. | Photo courtesy of Brian Statler/Flickr

Missouri will begin taking applications from people seeking to use a cannabis extract along with wholesale hemp flower to treat severe seizures, although it could be awhile before the plant is distributed. The state health and agriculture departments issued procedures and guidelines to begin enforcing a new state law that allows people with severe, persistent seizures to use an oil derived from cannabis plants as a medical treatment.

The Agriculture Department announced Friday it will begin taking applications from growers on Nov. 3. The application window will be open for 30 days, after which the department expects to grant two licenses.

A law enacted this year legalizes and strictly regulates the production of oils high in cannabidiol, or CBD, but low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that causes the intoxication experienced from marijuana use.

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