Late last week, a federal judge made an order that could dramatically change the development of Missouri’s young medical marijuana industry.
Missouri voters authorized a highly regulated medical cannabis system almost three years ago. Voters backed a state constitutional amendment that made it mandatory for marijuana companies operating businesses like dispensaries, grow operations and manufacturing centers to be at least 51% owned by residents. Residents were defined as those living in the Show-Me State for a minimum of one year before applying for a marijuana facility permit.
But in a Thursday virtual hearing that only lasted from 10 a.m. to 10:07 a.m., according to federal court records and cannabis news site GrownIn, Judge Nanette Laughrey of the Missouri Western District ordered a permanent injunction against the residency requirement. (In late June, Laughrey blocked the state from enforcing the requirement with a preliminary injunction, federal court records show.)