The Examiner 22 Dec, 2020 03:45 am

medical marijuana Missouri

A family from the Sarcoxie, Mo., sued after being denied a license to grow medical marijuana, arguing that the state's decision to award only 60 licenses violated their right to farm.

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday ruled in favor of the state's medical marijuana licensing rules.A family from the southwestern Missouri town of Sarcoxie sued after being denied a license to grow medical marijuana.Spokeswoman Lisa Cox in a statement said the state health department hopes that “those who have been using this case in an attempt to discredit the state’s medical marijuana program” now believe the program was designed to enact medical marijuana “fairly and lawfully.” The principal of the planned medical marijuana farm, Paul Callicoat, said the family plans to appeal.

"We wish it were not necessary for Missouri families like ours to battle the Department through the courts for the right to freely compete in the marketplace and to serve patients’ needs," he said in a statement.But Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce wrote in her ruling that the state acted within its authority to put limits and regulations on the industry to protect patient safety, the St.

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