Missouri health department: COVID-19 won’t delay medical weed program

Last updated: 26 มี.ค. 2563  | 

PUBLISHED : 26 Mar 2020 - 11:27

Five days before Missouri’s first documented case of COVID-19 was confirmed, Missouri’s top cannabis program official told the News-Leader that medical weed dispensaries should be open for business in a few months.

Flanked by hemp plants, Lyndall Fraker, director of Missouri's medical cannabis program, gives a keynote speech at MoCannBizCon+Expo in St. Louis on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Photo: Gregory Holman/Springfield News-Leader)

"I think possibly we would see a dispensary sometime in the summer, but I wouldn't pinpoint it beyond that," said medical marijuana director Lyndall Fraker at an industry conference in St. Louis on March 2. He said he would begin meeting with cannabis business license permit-winners a few days later to prepare them for the state inspection and compliance process.

Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted at least six documented cases of the disease to be identified within Missouri's borders, three of them in Greene County as of Monday morning.

But a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the department is continuing with getting the medical marijuana program in place.

"I'm not anticipating any issues from COVID causing any issues or delays in implementation at this point," Lisa Cox, public information officer for the department, told the News-Leader by email.