Southwest Missouri lawmaker named director of medical marijuana

State also sets application dates
Southwest Missouri lawmaker named director of medical marijuana

Missouri has begun the move toward medical marijuana, naming an outgoing lawmaker to a leadership role and announcing the start of the process for those who want to grow, make or sell marijuana products.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday Republican Representative Lyndall Fraker of Marshfield will serve as director of medical marijuana.
Fraker is 59-years-old and represents parts of Webster and Greene counties (District 137) in the Missouri House of Representatives.

He was elected to his first, two-year term in 2010 and was unable to run for re-election in 2018 because of term limits.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also said it will begin accepting application fees for cultivation, infused product manufacturing and dispensaries on January 5. Forms are available on the health department website. Application fees are non-refundable.

Voters in November approved a constitutional amendment allowing medical marijuana. The measure requires the health department to begin accepting patient applications by early June.