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Democrats In Missouri Allege Obstruction In Medical Cannabis Licensing

It says that Gov. Mike Parson’s office was able to influence the program

A memo written by counsel for Missouri House Democrats says the agency responsible for regulating the state’s medical marijuana industry obstructed an oversight committee’s examination of the program.

The memo, which was obtained by The Star on Monday, also alleges conflicts of interest and other issues with a consultant the state hired to score applications for medical marijuana licenses.

It also says that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office was able to influence the state’s new medical marijuana program — namely how applications were scored and a report later used to limit how many licenses would be awarded.

The report written by Casey Millburg, counsel for the Missouri House Democratic Caucus, was a review of findings from records sought by the Special Committee on Government Oversight from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The memo adds to the scrutiny of Missouri’s nascent medical marijuana program, which voters approved in 2018 through a constitutional amendment.

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