US (MO): Where does the revenue from cannabis sales and license fees go?

Since Missouri’s cannabis sales began in 2019, the state has collected nearly $100 million in revenue from taxes and program fees, according to state authorities. 

Etched in the state’s constitution is a road map for where the revenue can go. 

The first stop is operational costs. By law, any expense it takes to run both medical and recreational cannabis programs — like salaries or professional services — all must be paid for through cannabis revenues. 

That means the salaries for cannabis inspectors will never compete with that of school teachers, which come out of the state’s main pot of money, the general revenue fund.

The agency that regulates the program, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told the Independent last week that their expenses have been $38.4 million to date.


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