Amy Moore was named as the new director of Missouri’s Division of Cannabis Regulation within the Department of Health and Senior Services in early February. Moore takes on the role as the division reorganizes and expands with the legalizing of recreational, adult-use marijuana.
As director, Moore is leading the construction of the state’s new recreational marijuana program, along with expanding the pre-existing medical marijuana framework. Moore said she expects the implementation process to take about three years before the industry is stable.
Moore joined the Division of Cannabis Regulation in December 2018 as the deputy director and counsel, assisting the former director in administration and implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program. She said the division is glad to have this already-established structure to build from.
Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Division of Cannabis Regulation has become its own division in DHSS, leaving the Division of Regulation and Licensure that it was previously housed in.
In addition, the Division of Cannabis Regulation’s staffing must increase to manage both the state’s medical and recreational industries. Moore said previously, before the addition of Article 14 Section 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana, the division was made up of 57 employees. Now, the division is awaiting approval for the funding of 170 employees. The division is still in the process of filling these positions.
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