JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services published its third annual report on the Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program.
Under Article XIV Section 1 of the Missouri Constitution, DHSS is required to submit a yearly report to the Governor as it relates to the efficient discharge of responsibilities. The program year of December 6, 2020, through December 5, 2021, is the base of the reported activities.
One of the tasks of the DHSS is to provide secure and safe access to medical marijuana for qualifying Missouri patients. In this third year of the program, DHSS issued 4,979 agent (facility employee) identification cards, renewed 38,347 patient licenses, and issued 119,894 new patient licenses.
Improvements like their new call management system as well as an electronic physician certification form helped patients through the application process. The percentage of patients who initially had to make corrections on their applications reduced from 21.39% at the beginning of the program year to 13.02% at the end of it.
“We are proud of our team member’s hard work, from answering patient inquiries and processing applications to overseeing and guiding licensed facilities,” said Director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation Lyndall Fraker. “In order to get facilities open for business, our inspectors averaged five commencement inspections…