No spending plan yet for millions in Missouri medical marijuana money slated for vets

By Jack Suntrup

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s medical marijuana program has generated millions of dollars for state coffers in the last year, but officials do not yet know how they’ll spend the money.

Under the constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, application fees from businesses, and a 4% tax on medical marijuana sales, are supposed to go to the Department of Health and Senior Services for it to administer the program.

The remaining money is supposed to be transferred to the newly created Missouri Veterans’ Health and Care Fund — and the constitutional amendment allows the Missouri Veterans Commission latitude in how the money is spent.

The DHSS has already used some of the money to administer the marijuana program, but the Missouri Veterans Commission has yet to receive any funds, and officials don’t know how they’ll use the eventual influx.

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