DHSS Issues New Emergency Marijuana Rule requiring awarded licenses to be accepted within 48 hours

DHSS Issues New Emergency Marijuana Rule requiring awarded licenses to be accepted within 48 hours

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”), has issued a new proposed emergency rule that essentially provides that: (1) if you are awarded a license, you have 48 hours to accept or it will be offered to the next person on the list, and (2) if your application meets the minimum requirements for licensure but you lose out because you had fewer points than successful applicants, then you will be regarded as “conditionally denied” for the next 395 days but could be awarded a license as they become available.

The primary takeaway for applicants is that they need to make sure they immediately accept any license granted to them. We are almost certain that the notice will come via email to the address provided as the primary contact on the Complia portal, so applicants should make sure to check that email every day. The choice of 395 days was also interesting and might suggest that the DHSS could start awarding licenses as early as Nov. 30/Dec. 1.

This announcement can be viewed in it’s entirety at https://health.mo.gov/news/newsitem/uuid/3a661383-c099-4a0a-b4bc-a7113e1002c6/dhss-drafts-new-draft-emergency-rule-for-medical-marijuana-program

The draft rule is available at: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/pdf/19-csr-30-95.028-emergency-rule.pdf

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Kennyhertz Perry attorney Jon Dedon previously worked in the appellate litigation division of an AmLaw 100 law firm. Jon has worked extensively on marijuana and hemp related regulatory compliance for numerous financial institutions and payment processors. His contacts with executives in marijuana businesses in Washington, California, Michigan, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma and California, as well as internationally in Germany, Canada, Colombia, and Australia prove valuable when advising clients regarding medical marijuana in Missouri.

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