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US (MO): Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Missouri medical cannabis license caps

A Cole County judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit alleging limitations on the number of medical cannabis licenses issued by the state were unconstitutional. 

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that the regulations at the heart of the lawsuit were “properly promulgated and are in compliance with Missouri’s laws and Constitution.” She ruled in favor of the state on all counts and ordered plaintiffs to pay court costs. 

The Callicoats, a family from Sarcoxie, Mo., sued the state earlier this year after their license to open a cultivation facility was denied. 

The lawsuit contended that the limit on the number of medical cannabis licenses and a “geographic bonus” that favored applicants in high-unemployment ZIP codes were unconstitutional, citing the state’s right to farm amendment. 


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