JEFFERSON CITY — In a decision that could trigger a legal challenge, Gov. Mike Parson’s administration is sending conflicting messages about how the state plans to manage a $5 million medical marijuana contract.
Despite a ruling from one state agency that would ban a money-making practice by a medical marijuana contractor, Missouri’s health department has issued a set of rules that would allow companies to charge separate fees to pot dispensaries and growers.
The opposing decisions were issued last week, just four days apart and could become the grounds for a lawsuit.
Voters approved Amendment 2 in November, making Missouri the 33rd state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. Sales are to…