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Missouri Judge Rejects Lawsuit Questioning State’s Medical Marijuana Rules

The lawsuit was filed by the Callicoat family after state regulators rejected their application

Missouri’s fledgling medical marijuana program survived a court challenge Monday.

Acting on a lawsuit brought by a company that failed to win one of the licenses offered by the state to grow pot, Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce said the rules limiting how many companies can grow and sell the product are appropriate and will protect patient safety.

“The department’s regulations fall squarely within its constitutional delegation of authority,” Joyce wrote.

The Sarcoxie family that brought the suit plans to appeal.

“I think there are strong points to consider on appeal,” said Jefferson City attorney Joseph Bednar.

Joyce rejected the entire lawsuit, including a complaint about caps that limit the number of facilities that won licenses from the state. Those limits, Joyce wrote, are based on population data can be lifted if the need arises.

The lawsuit was filed by the Callicoat family last year after state regulators rejected their application to grow medical marijuana as part of a voter-approved initiative legalizing medical marijuana use.

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