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Current Missouri Statute on CBD Oil/Hemp Extract
In Missouri statute, CBD oil is referred to as hemp extract. Missouri law currently allows patients (both minors and adults) who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy to apply for a hemp extract registration card, issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services. To receive the card, a patient with intractable epilepsy (or their parent, if the patient is a minor) must obtain a statement from a neurologist who is licensed in Missouri and board certified in neurology stating that the patient may benefit from treatment with hemp extract. The card, once received, allows these adult patients with epilepsy and the parents of minor patients with epilepsy to purchase and possess up to 20 ounces of hemp extract. There are currently only two state-licensed entities in Missouri who can produce hemp extract: BeLeaf Company in Earth City and Noah’s Arc Foundation in Chesterfield.
Despite these fairly stringent requirements, there are several stores around the state that sell products containing unlicensed CBD oil. The legality of these stores and the purity of their products is strongly debated. The stores claim that since their products contain extremely low levels of THC and less than five percent cannabidiol, they do not qualify as “hemp extract” under state law and therefore are not subject to the penalties contained in our hemp extract statutes. Municipalities and local law enforcement have shown varying levels of tolerance with regard to these stores and the possession of their products.
If you’d like to read the hemp extract statutes in full, please visit the following links:
For more information regarding the hemp extract registration card and licensed producers, please visit the following links: