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Missouri bans certain medical cannabis edible shapes

(This story has been updated to reflect that Gov. Mike Parson signed the bill into law and that edibles in geometric shapes are allowed).

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that forbids the sale of medical marijuana edibles that could attract children and also tightens criminal background checks for those who work in the state’s MMJ industry.

It’s unclear how much of an impact the measure will have.

Missouri’s medical marijuana sales were expected to start in the spring, but the launch has been delayed because of the coronavirus has delayed.

Sales now are expected to start around late summer.

The legislation, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, includes these provisions:

  • A ban on marijuana edibles designed in the shape of a human, animal or fruit. Geometric shapes are permitted.
  • Each package containing 10 milligrams or more of THC must be labeled with the universal marijuana packaging symbol.
  • The state could require that MMJ owners, managers, employees and contractors submit fingerprints for a state and federal criminal background check.

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