Missouri Agency Adjusts Medical-Marijuana Regulations after Professor Barondes Submits Comments

In late May, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services finalized emergency regulations governing medical-marijuana use.
As previously proposed, the regulations would have limited qualifying patients to persons who “primarily reside[]” in Missouri. As Professor Royce de R. Barondes noted in comments he submitted in April, the initial proposal “impose[d] an exclusion on the scope of qualifying patients beyond the express provisions of the [Missouri] constitutional language.” In his comment letter on the then-proposed rules, Professor Barondes noted circumstances where exercise of civil rights restricted to residents nevertheless expressly extends to persons having primary residences elsewhere.
In May, the department adopted rules relaxing the residency requirements.