Missourians voted to legalize recreational, adult-use marijuana in November. That constitutional amendment also established a framework for marijuana “microbusinesses” — business licenses intended to allow more “everyday folks” to participate in the state’s growing marijuana industry.
“Right now, the way I see it is these microbusinesses are effectively small businesses that are designed to allow particular entities and individuals to own and operate them,” Missouri’s Division of Cannabis Regulation Director Amy Moore said.
While the idea seems straightforward, the details aren’t as obvious. The News-Leader compiled a handful of frequently asked questions about microbusinesses, including who qualifies, when the licenses become available and how licenses will be distributed.
Who can apply for a Missouri microbusiness license?
Generally, the licenses are targeted to folks from under-represented or marginalized communities. A microbusiness license applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Has a net worth less than $250,000 and an income below 250% of the federal poverty level;
- Has a valid service-connected disability card issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs;
- Is someone who has been, or whose parent or guardian has been arrested, prosecuted or convicted of a non-violent marijuana offense;
- Resides in a ZIP code or census tract where 30% or more of the population lives below the federal poverty level, the unemployment rate is 50% higher than the state…
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