Local lawmaker reacts to Missouri medical marijuana legalization

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We’re hearing from local lawmakers after Missouri voters approved the use of medical marijuana.

Tuesday night, Missouri became the 31st state to approve medical marijuana when voters said ‘yes’ to Amendment 2.

The amendment requires the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to start accepting applications from patients by early June.

But Missouri’s District 5 Representative Lindell Shumake said it will take time before the entire program is up and running.

“To set up the I.D. cards and to certify the producers and then of course doctors are going to have to prescribe it to somebody too,” he said.

It will likely be late next year at the earliest before people with cancer, HIV and other serious ailments can use it.

Shumake, a Republican, said while he did not support the amendment, he is happy that the taxes will go towards veterans’ healthcare.

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