How to get your cannabis license in your state:
- Adult Use:
- Market Overview:
Missourians approved a 2022 ballot initiative opening up the adult-use market in November 2022, 53% to 47%.
The program goes into effect Dec. 8 when the Department of Health and Senior Services, which will manage the adult-use program, will transition currently operational medical license holders to adult-use licenses. The measure was backed by many of the same people that successfully passed 2018’s referendum for medical marijuana in Missouri (see below) — operating under a different name, Legal Missouri 2022.
There are currently no separate requirements established for adult-use cannabis employees, however draft rules have been released as of November 2022. See below.
In 2018, Missourians passed Amendment 2 for the medical use of marijuana in the state, and in late 2019/early 2020, the state began awarding licenses to dispensaries, labs, cultivators, and producers. The amendment was proposed by New Approach Missouri.
- Requirements & Application Process:
Cannabis workers in Missouri are called "agents."
Draft-rule requirements for adult-use agents:
Employees, contractors, owners having access to a medical or marijuana facility, and volunteers of a medical or marijuana facility must obtain an agent identification card from the department. Agent identification card holders must have their cards visible and on their person at all times while performing work in a facility or on behalf of a licensed or certified entity.
A licensee may require a criminal background check as a condition of employment.
- All applications and renewals for agent identification cards shall include at least the following information in a department-approved format:
- Name, address, and Social Security number of the applicant;
- A copy of a written offer or confirmation of employment from a licensed or certified facility; and
- All applicable fees ($75).
Current medical requirements:
“All owners who hold any portion of the economic or voting interest of a medical marijuana facility who will also have access to medical marijuana or the medical marijuana facility, and all officers, directors, board members, managers and employees must apply for a facility agent ID card…” Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Medical Marijuana Facility Agent ID
- Application information - name, address, Social Security number
- Copy of written offer letter of employment from a Missouri licensed facility
- Government issued ID
- Digital photo that shows a clear color image of the applicant’s face
- $75 non-refundable fee
Facility Agent IDs are valid for three years once approved by the department.
- Background Check Requirements:
- Additional Job & Salary Information:
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Requirements by State
Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.