Marijuana Lawsuits Cost Missouri $1.3 Million With No Medical Sales Yet

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Instead, businesses that applied for a license and were rejected have filed more than 800 lawsuits against Missouri. However, a state release announced the DHSS had transferred $2.1 million to the Veterans’ Fund over the weekend. In 2018, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Missouri regulators have spent $1.3 million in court fees defending themselves against the 853 appeals filed. Although business application and medical card fees produced $19 million as of December 2019, the Missouri Veterans Commission, which determines how to spend allocations, has yet to receive a penny.

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The money was supposed to fund veteran programs but instead Missouri is burning through cash to defend itself in court.

In 2018, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Two years later and licensed sales have yet to occur. Instead, businesses that applied for a license and were rejected have filed more than 800 lawsuits against Missouri. To date, 785 of the cases remain unresolved.

Missouri regulators have spent $1.3 million in court fees defending themselves against the 853 appeals filed. Lisa Cox, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) spokeswoman, said these were a one-time fee associated...

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