TOMMY CHIMS Curious about discounts on your favorite strains? You may be out of luck.
Missouri marked its first-ever sale of legal cannabis one year ago this week, but amid the flourishing of new businesses and products, dispensaries are still banned by state regulation from advertising even the most basic promotions for offers like price cuts and daily deals.
Jack Cardetti, a spokesman with cannabis industry group MoCannTrade, says the ban is frustrating to patients navigating the new market — and as a matter of policy, particularly challenging for dispensaries to follow.
“What we have here,” Cardetti notes, “is both confusion and a moving target.”
Back in 2018, Cardetti was among the activists behind the campaign that successfully placed a medical cannabis initiative on the ballot. Ultimately, more than 60 percent of voters gave the green light for medical cannabis to be added to the Missouri Constitution, but the text of that constitutional amendment isn’t the source for the ban on promotions.
Instead, the issue comes down to the set of rules instituted post-passage by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the state agency which regulates the cannabis industry.