A trio of prime officers overseeing the fledgling medical cannabis program in Missouri have been topic to questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Kansas Metropolis Star reported Wednesday that the three officers, all members of Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration, described the interviews, which passed off during the last a number of months, as “not investigative in nature,” however somewhat “routine meet-and-greets the FBI requested to get to know the folks accountable for the brand new — and doubtlessly profitable — business.”
Missouri voters accepted Modification 2 final November to legalize medical marijuana by an enormous 66%-34% margin, becoming a member of greater than 30 different states which have legalized the remedy. Below the brand new regulation, physicians can prescribe cannabis to sufferers affected by 10 totally different medical circumstances, which embrace most cancers, epilepsy and glaucoma, amongst different debilitating sicknesses. Missouri’s Division of Well being and Senior Providers (DHSS) started accepting purposes for such prescriptions late final month. Qualifying sufferers will obtain an identification card, which can allow them to buy as much as 4 ounces of marijuana per 30 days.
Though the interviews between the FBI and the Missouri officers had been routine in nature, they do underscore the distinctive standing of marijuana within the nation. Whereas cannabis stays unlawful on the federal stage, a raft of states and cities proceed to implement measures permitting for leisure or medicinal use, if not each.
Lyndall Fraker, who was appointed by Parsons to supervise this system earlier this 12 months, informed the Kansas Metropolis Star that it was a “a really pleasant, informal dialog” with the FBI that didn’t delve a lot into specifics.
“Simply (to) get to know one another and who they had been going to be working with doubtlessly down the highway on this new business that’s now authorized that’s been unlawful, and nonetheless a part of it’s unlawful,” Fraker stated.
Fraker was interviewed alongside Randall Williams, the director of the Missouri Division of Well being and Senior Providers, who stated that the FBI brokers informed them that medical marijuana applications “can contain massive sums of cash, and when there are massive sums of cash we have a tendency to concentrate.”
Williams added that the FBI appeared receptive to Missouri’s vetting course of, which can be certain that the third-party firm reviewing purposes received’t see the names of candidates, a course of designed to stop corruption.
“I believe that gave them nice consolation, because it does us,” Williams informed the Kansas Metropolis Star. “I don’t wish to communicate for them, however I believe that was reassuring.”
Pot stays unlawful in Missouri, although the state legislature accepted a invoice in 2014 to decriminalize marijuana possession. The invoice, which grew to become regulation after former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon allowed it to take impact with out his signature, eliminates the opportunity of incarceration for these busted with as much as 10 grams. The measure additionally relaxed penalties on the market and cultivation of marijuana.