With patient, operator applications now available, MoCannTrade hosts medical marijuana rules seminar

  

Kansas City event to feature regulatory and compliance updates, keynote by state program Director Lyndall Fraker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With aspiring medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and business owners soon able to apply for state licenses, the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MoCannTrade) invites the public to a June 25 seminar at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City.

The daylong event will feature regulatory updates on the emergency rules enacted on June 3 to implement Article IX, a constitutional amendment Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved in November.

Lyndall Fraker, director of the state’s medical marijuana program, will deliver the keynote address and answer questions about the application process. Two tracks are planned: one for prospective owners, operators, managers, investors and industry service providers, the other for caregivers and patients, including those interested in cultivating their own medical cannabis.

“There’s intense public interest in medical marijuana in this state, and the fast-moving regulatory and compliance landscape demands we pay close attention,” said Andrew Mullins, executive director of MoCannTrade.” As Missouri exponentially ramps up its program in anticipation of awarding nearly 350 medical cannabis licenses by year’s end, we’re committed to sharing our collective knowledge and expertise with applicants.”

Missouri physicians can now recommend cannabis for patients with serious and debilitating illnesses, with the state accepting medical marijuana patient applications beginning on July 4.

Applications, instructions and scoring criteria for prospective owners and operators of cultivation sites, manufacturing and testing facilities, and dispensaries are also now available and can be submitted over a two-week period beginning in early August. The constitutional amendment requires the state to award its initial cannabis business licenses by Dec. 31, with sales expected to begin in early 2020.

Registration information and additional details about the event can be found online at  bit.ly/2KvNBCQ. A portion of the registration proceeds will be donated to Ayden’s Alliance, a patient advocacy organization that helps low-income and special needs families afford their children’s medical cannabis expenses. Participants will also be able to attend an industry meet-up and fundraiser for the group on June 24, the night before the seminar, at The Guild KC in the Crossroads Arts District.

The seminar is organized by the event production company Midwest Canna Expos, which previously collaborated with MoCannTrade on the MoCannBizCon + Expo, a medical marijuana trade show that attracted more than 2,200 attendees to St. Louis’ Union Station in March.

The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MoCannTrade) is an association of business owners, health care providers, professionals, patients and residents responsible for helping to implement a successful, safe, compliant medical marijuana program in Missouri.

The membership-based association is directed by a board of diverse professionals experienced in medical marijuana, healthcare, law, pharmaceutical, science, agriculture, law enforcement, security, commercial real estate, finance, public affairs, and regulatory sectors. To learn more about MoCannTrade and implementation of the new law, please visit www.mocanntrade.org.