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Potential Medical Marijuana Grower and Patient React to Passage of Amendment 2


The passage of  Amendment 2 by Missouri voters  paves the way for medical marijuana growing operations  and legal use by those with certain medical diagnoses.

Many in the Joplin are ready for the law to take effect.

Marilyn Six is battling breast cancer. And regular pain meds are not an option. Six explained, "Im allergic to a lot of medications, a lot of pain medications.  And Im very sensitive to medications. And suddenly I realized that there wasnt anything for me to use to really hit the pain when it got to be at its worst."

She turned to marijuana. It helped.  And she became a supporter of amendment two to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri.
Six said, "I think it should be. If you asked me that five years ago I probably would have said no. But, I know the difference that it can make.
When you're really hurting and you can
t sleep and you cant get rest, um your body can't heal." 

It's people like Marilyn that  former cardiologist  Dr. Paul Callicoat hopes to help by starting a medical marijuana growing operation on seventy-two  acres of property that was once the Sarcoxie nursery.

Callicoat explained, "We want to grow multiple strains of plants that have been shown over the years anecdotally to be helpful for certain conditions."

They'll clear  trees here to create an indoor growing facility. And plant outdoor groves too. He pushed for passage of Amendment 2.
Callicoat said,
Amendment 2 really spelled out  how this goes forward. So you can put together a business plan. All the people in the  state who want to go into this business can look at amendment two and see exactly whats required."

The law takes effect December 6th, 2018. After that date the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has until early June to get licensing applications to potential growers like Callicoat, who can apply for up to three cultivation licenses. Each cultivation license allows a grower to have thirty thousand feet of flowering cannabi which are buds when the flower comes out. While outdoors, they can grow twenty-eight hundred plants. Callicoat said there will be sixty cultivation licenses awarded and  there will be twenty-four dispensaries in each congressional district of the state of Missouri.

While the Callicoats intend to have a growing operation at the nursery, they'll be applying for a dispensary license as well. Callicoat said, "We certainly plan on having a medical center in Joplin. We're looking forward to that. We're looking at properties as we speak." 

Hoping to offer help for patients like Marilyn who faces eight more years of chemotherapy medications.

Callicoat says under amendment two's time line licenses should be issued by December of 2019.

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