Missouri Amendment 2: Understanding From The Patient’s Point of View

Go Bloem CBD Oil Springfield MO Missouri Amendment 2 Understanding From The Patient's Point Of View

Congratulations Missouri on passing Amendment 2! Now that the amendment has passed you may be asking, “now what happens?” We have been gathering the answers and plan to go over what happens next so that you will be ready to act on any of the aspects of the soon to be legalized cannabis industry in the State of Missouri.  Starting off we would like to discuss Amendment 2 from the patient’s point of view. Patients interested in getting a prescription from their doctor for medical marijuana (also known as cannabis) will be able to contact their General Practitioner (GP) or specialist after June 4, 2019, and request a prescription. However, just because you have a prescription in hand does not mean you will be able to walk into a dispensary and purchase just yet. We’ll cover the deal with dispensaries later in another article but for now, you need to know that the prescription you get for medicinal cannabis after June 4, 2019, is valid for 12 months and will cost $100 annually to keep the prescription valid and up to date. You will need to provide that signed, valid prescription to the State of Missouri and apply for your cultivation, purchasing, and possession card. It will cost $25 just to complete the application and if your application is approved, you will pay the additional $100 annual fee. If you don’t complete your application within 30 days of obtaining your prescription from the doctor, you will need to go back to the doctor and start the process over again. WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR A CARD? Great question. There are a number of conditions that qualify a patient for a medical marijuana card and below is a rather comprehensive list of qualifying medical conditions. QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS: Cancer Epilepsy Glaucoma Intractable migraines (unresponsive to treatment) A chronic medical condition causing severe pain or muscle spasms that are persistent Debilitating psychiatric disorders (including PTSD) HIV/AIDS Chronic medical condition ordinarily requiring prescription medication with a tendency to cause physical or psychological dependence (e.g. opiate based medication) Terminal illness Any other condition recommended by a physician That last bullet leads you to the question of whether or not so-called “Cannabis Doctors” will start setting up shop in Missouri and that’s another great question that we’ll cover under Physicians and Caregivers in another article coming up. The short answer to that question is probably. So once you have your card, (that you may not get until July 4, 2019, because the State of Missouri has 30 days to approve your application) you will be able to cultivate your own medicinal cannabis plants. You will also be allowed up to four ounces of medicinal marijuana every 30 days unless your prescribing doctor provides an exemption. You will be able to “move about” with up to a 60 day supply (so 8 ounces) and if you are cultivating plants at home, you may keep up to a 90 day supply on your property, under your control. That … Read more

Missouri Amendment 2: What You Need To Know Going Into 2019

Go Bloem CBD Oil Springfield MO Missouri Amendment 2 What You Need To Know Going Into 2019

We send out a sincere congratulations to all the patients and supporters who worked so hard to ensure Missouri voters passed Amendment 2. We will be sharing updates and breaking down all of the information for you so you will be informed on the timeline for medicinal products and have all the information you need. Here is what we know so far: FOR PATIENTS Qualifying Patient: Missouri Resident diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition. Application: 180 days after December 6th application forms and instructions available for patient cultivation (6/4/19). The department has 30 days to approve the application upon submission. Patient applications must include physician certification signed within 30 days of application date. Annual Fee: $25 Qualifying Medical Conditions: Cancer Epilepsy Glaucoma Intractable migraines (unresponsive to treatment) A chronic medical condition causing severe pain or muscle spasms that are persistent Debilitating psychiatric disorders (including PTSD) HIV/AIDS Chronic medical condition ordinarily requiring prescription medication with a tendency to cause physical or psychological dependence (e.g. opiate based medication) Terminal illness Any other condition recommended by a physician Cultivation Card: Up to 6 flowering plants. Valid for 12 months.Annual fee: $100 Purchase limits: Minimum limit 4 ounces per 30 days unless physician provides exemption Possession Limits: Minimum limit of 60 day supply. If self-cultivating can have up to 90 day supply on property under your control. Limits may be exempted with physician permission. CAREGIVERS Qualifying Applicant: Must be 21 years old. Caregivers will have significant responsibility for managing the well-being of qualifying patient and must designate patients on primary caregiver application. Each caregiver will be allowed up to 3 patients. Application: 180 days after December 6th instructions become available (6/4/19). 210 days after December 6th, the application becomes open to accepting applicants (7/4/19). Application to be approved within 30 days of submission. Annual Fee: $25 Cultivation Card: Up to 6 flowering plants per patient plus self. Up to 12 flowering plants (6 per patient) per locked facility. Up to 18 if caregiver is also patient. The cultivation card is valid for 12 months. Annual fee: $100 Possession Limits: Minimum limit of 60 day supply per patient plus self. Not subject to criminal or civil liability under Missouri law for purchasing, transporting, or administering marijuana for medical use to a qualifying patient. Not subject to punishment for cultivating up to 6 plants per patient. DISPENSARIES Application: 180 days after December 6th License Forms and application instructions become available (6/4/19). Applicants can pre-file 30 days after December 6th (January 5th, 2019). Must be majority owned by individual Missouri residentsApplications will be accepted by 240 days from Dec 6 (8/3/19) and will be approved within 150 days of receipt.Limited to 5 licenses that are valid for 3 years. Application/Renewal Fee: $6,000; $3,000 after 3 years Annual Fee: $10,000 Aggregate limit can’t be less than 24 license per congressional district (192 licenses). Future changes to districts don’t affect. CULTIVATION FACILITIES / GROWERS Application: 180 days after December 6th License Forms and application instructions become available (6/4/19). Applicants can … Read more

Coffee + CBD = A Match Made In Heaven

Go Bloem CBD Oil Springfield MO Coffee Plus CBD Equals A Match Made In Heaven

You may have tried CBD by now, but have you tried CBD with your coffee? CBD with or in your coffee may be the best way to start your day energized without the unpleasant side effects of the caffeine in coffee. DID YOU KNOW THAT 83% OF AMERICANS DRINK COFFEE REGULARLY? It may be hard to believe, but with the fast-paced world full of new pressures that we live in, the majority of Americans turn to coffee as the solution to keep moving forward. Coffee now only energizes you in the morning, but it also carries other health benefits as well. Most people depend on coffee to wake them up in the morning, give them a short energy burst throughout the day, or for a pick me up to relieve stress after a long day. Coffee is often given a bad rap despite it being one of the healthier options for waking up or getting a burst of energy. WHAT ARE THE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF COFFEE? Along with its energizing benefits, coffee is also a natural antioxidant for your body that can be absorbed more than other antioxidants from fruits and veggies. Coffee actually provides huge benefits for your liver. Studies have shown that people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day are 20% less likely to develop liver issues such as liver cirrhosis. One of the major benefits of a cup of coffee in the morning is improved brain function. Coffee has been shown to increase reaction time and attention spans. Additionally, coffee has been shown to improve logical reasoning, balance and danger awareness. Coffee is not only beneficial to drink but has also been shown to provide aromatherapy benefits. The natural smell of brewing coffee has calming effects on most people. Coffee lovers may also associate the comfort that coffee will be to the rescue soon with the smell of it brewing beforehand. SO WHAT’S THE CATCH? We have been highlighting the many health benefits of coffee, but it is important that we mention some of the side effects associated with caffeinated coffee. Like most great things, there are some downsides from drinking coffee, especially when you start drinking a few cups a day. Caffeine is the main culprit for providing coffee lovers with energy and afterward a list of unpleasant symptoms. Drinking caffeinated coffee can sometimes lead to issues such as insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach being upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate, and other side effects. Consuming large amounts of coffee might also cause headache, anxiety, agitation, and an increased pulse. CBD COULD BE THE SOLUTION! Adding a little CBD oil can increase the benefits off coffee while helping to reduce the unwanted symptoms. Right away, you will see that adding a dose of CBD oil to your coffee can give you increased health benefits for your body, mind, and spirit. Both coffee and CBD oil are natural products that individually provide benefits that can help you feel better, but … Read more

What Is The 2018 Farm Bill and Why Should I Care?

Go Bloem CBD Oil Springfield MO What Is The 2018 Farm Bill And Why Should I Care

Last month was a big deal for CBD and Hemp and there is a great deal to celebrate. Let’s break down what really happened and what has yet to happen.   The United States Senate passed the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 87-13 in December of 2018, essentially ending the prohibition on hemp cultivation that has been in effect for decades. After being passed by the Senate, the 2018 Farm Bill was passed by the House with a landslide vote of 369-47. The bill was then sent to President Trump to be signed by the end of the year. At the end of December, Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill making it immediately go into effect. Now that the Farm Bill has been signed, the bill comes with the following changes: The Farm Bill will enable farmers in all 50 states will be allowed to cultivate hemp for any use, including the production of cannabis flower (what you likely know as the “bud” of the plant), CBD and other forms cannabinoid extraction such as that used for vaping CBD. The Farm Bill also makes it clear that licensed hemp producers who grow cannabis plants that exceed the THC limitation of 0.3% will not be committing a crime. The Farm Bill will allow commerce between states for hemp and hemp-derived CBD. The Farm Bill will provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the job of overseeing hemp production, with direction to come up with rules “as expeditiously as practicable.” The Farm Bill will legalize hemp production in U.S. territories and on Indian tribal land (a provision that was not included under the 2014 Farm Bill). The Farm Bill will also provide access to federally backed farm support programs, including crop insurance, federal water access and low-interest loans for new farmers. Allow hemp producers to “bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill “temporary agricultural jobs.” The Farm Bill will do away with existing barriers to obtaining intellectual property protections under federal law, such as patents and trademarks. The Farm Bill will impose a 10-year ban for federal drug felons, meaning they cannot participate in the hemp program. The Farm Bill will also mean that the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consult with the U.S. attorney general on the rules and regulations governing the hemp industry.   Essentially, the 2018 Farm Bill removes most of the barriers to growing, producing, marketing, and funding the hemp industry through all of the channels that other industries currently use. Other Changes to Come Hemp was not the only major change that happened with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Farm subsidies were expanded to allow nieces, nephews, and cousins of farmers to receive up to $125,000 each if they are involved in the farm. Before this expansion, the subsidy only applied to immediate family. Organic farming will benefit from the signed bill as well. $395 million has been budgeted for organic research, which is more than two times the previous budget. … Read more

Missouri Amendment 2: Everything You Need To Know In Advance of November 6

Go Bloem CBD Oil Springfield MO Missouri Amendment 2 Everything You Need To Know In Advance of November 6

***VISIT OUR LATEST POST FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AMENDMENT 2*** There are three ballot measures concerning the legalization of marijuana in the State of Missouri.  All three of these will appear on your ballot when you go to the polls on November 6 (and we know you will because voting is extremely important).   As you may know, the United States Federal Government has yet to legalize medicinal use or recreational use at the federal level.  At this stage in the game, we are left to speculation and even Forbes magazine was speculating on the issue in an article from June of this year.  We are addressing the State of Missouri ballot in this post but you can read the Forbes article and even do your own speculating.   For now, let’s focus on the three ballot measures you will see in the State of Missouri on November 6, 2018.  You will be voting on Amendment 2, Amendment 3 and Proposition C. Remember these three ballot measures. There are a lot of dogs in this fight and if you want to delve into the messiness of that, read the Marijuana Moment article from October 19, 2018 and in the interest of full disclosure (at Bloem, we pride ourselves on education and transparency) we note that Marijuana Moment is edited by Tom Angell, a 15+ year veteran of the legalization movement, with an aim to help activists, industry professionals, consumers, policymakers and the public understand developments and trends affecting cannabis.Our goal is to show you the actual ballot language in advance so you have time to process it and make a decision before you head to the poll.  No one likes to read complicated language under pressure or time constraints. AMENDMENT 2 A YES vote on Amendment 2 will allow Missouri doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with nine qualifying conditions. That yes vote will also mean that patients would be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes and keep an amount of eight ounces, or a 60-day supply of marijuana. The amendment would allow up to 24 dispensaries to be operated in each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts for a maximum total of 192 dispensaries in the State of Missouri.   Amendment 2 is pretty basic and broad and disperses the industry across the state’s eight congressional districts.   The actual language you will see on the ballot is as follows: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to: allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and create regulations and licensing/certification procedures for marijuana and marijuana facilities; impose a 4 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana; and use funds from these taxes for health and care services for military veterans by the Missouri Veterans Commission and to administer the program to license/certify and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities? This proposal is estimated to generate annual taxes and fees of $18 million for state operating costs and veterans programs, and $6 million for local governments. … Read more