With the green light given for a cannabis testing laboratory to begin operations, Missouri’s medical marijuana program supply chain is now complete and will soon be serving patients. Last week’s approval of EKG Labs in St. Louis comes nearly two years after voters legalized the medicinal use of cannabis with the passage of a constitutional amendment in November 2018.
On Saturday, officials with the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation at the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced that a testing laboratory had passed its commencement inspection, later clarifying in a tweet that the business was EKG Labs. With medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries already licensed to operate, the approval of the analytic laboratory marks the final link in the creation of Missouri’s nascent cannabis industry.
“We appreciate how hard these businesses have worked to become operational,” said Lyndall Fraker, director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation. “These facilities have made it through a demanding review, and we look forward to their success in providing safe access to medical marijuana in Missouri.”
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The agency noted that Article XIV, the legalization amendment approved by voters, “established that implementation of a medical marijuana program