Medical Marijuana

Courtesy of Sally Payne-Assistant Director with MO Career Center

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Maggie Castrey speaks with Sally Payne, assistant director of Missouri Career Center. 

This week’s discussion explores how the Career Center is assisting area employers with concerns related to legalization of medical marijuana, through education forums and training.  

While the state will license medical marijuana dispensary facilities, it’s up to cities to set the rules on where they can locate in their towns.

The amendment voters approved last fall to legalize medical marijuana has some provisions regulating the location of dispensaries, labs, cultivation centers and testing facilities. That includes a minimum of 1,000 feet from schools, day cares and places of worship.

Chloe O'Neill

Springfield City Council began discussion of proposed changes of the city’s zoning ordinance Tuesday to address medical marijuana.  Missouri voters last November approved Amendment 2, which allows regulated use, including the cultivation, testing, manufacturing and sale.

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When American doctors enter the field of medicine, most take an oath to put the patient’s health as a top priority.  But some doctors and hospitals say they are concerned that Missouri’s sudden legalization of medical marijuana raises questions on how doctors should prescribe the drug to patients.

The Constitutional amendment that passed included a list of conditions that can be legally treated with marijuana.


It’s late summer, and the drone of insects is a sound that Lonnie Kessler has come to dread. A similar chirping means he’s minutes away from another seizure.

“It sounds like a thousand crickets all at once in my head. And so that really alerts me this is going to happen right now,” Kessler said. “And then I lose consciousness.”