Medical marijuana is coming to the Show-Me State and an area chamber is helping answer questions surrounding the issue.
The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t taking sides on the topic of medical marijuana, but they’ve received so many inquiries into the subject they decided to invite the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Lyndall Fraker, to hold a meet and greet on the topic Friday.
He says like it or not, it’s now the law in the Show-Me State regardless of what city leaders may think of the issue.
“Citizens are not, are not to be restricted access to this product for their medical need so we have to wade through all that and see what cities are local entities can and can not do,” says Fraker.
“There’s the cultivation, the infused product, the dispensaries and then the testing facilities and all that conversation is where do these facilities fit in the zoning code and then the other piece is the adjustments to the criminal ordinances, obviously there’s possession of paraphernalia on the books that need to be adjusted to recognize that some people are able to use medically, ” says Jordan Paul, the Joplin Assistant City Attorney.
Regardless of how you might feel on the issue, the one thing that everyone in attendance agreed on is that there are an awful lot of unanswered questions, especially when it comes to the right of a patient with a prescription to grow some of their own medicine.
Matt Stewart, the Joplin Police Chief, says, “Home grow operations and how those might be regulated, I know the state is planning on hiring several different compliance officers that will probably be looking into that and obviously we’ll want to develop a relationship with those folks and make sure we’re working together.”