Proposed draft rules raise staffing concerns for dispensary operators – Greenway

A proposed draft rule posted late last week would require Missouri dispensary operators to terminate current employees under the age of 21.

With the legalization of adult use marijuana, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has begun the process of modifying and amending current rules and creating new guidance to regulate both medical and recreational marijuana in the state.

While the program has successfully navigated retail sales for patients for more than two years, the change to adult use dictates that some new guidance and additional regulation will be necessary. But amid those necessary changes, the Department has included several additional regulations or changes to current rules that have industry operators raising questions.

One of the most significant changes for some dispensary operators involves specific language that would require all employees of licensed dispensaries to be 21 years of age or older.

Dispensary facility employees must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

The reason the language is concerning to current dispensary operators?

In 2021, The Department released new draft rules for dispensaries which included rules for the handling of clones, the implementation of warnings, and created language that would dictate how advertising

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