Federal judge removes Missouri’s residency requirement for marijuana business owners


In a Thursday virtual hearing last week  that only lasted from 10 a.m. to 10:07 a.m., according to federal court records and cannabis news site GrownIn, Judge Nanette Laughrey of the Missouri Western District ordered a permanent injunction against the residency requirement. (In late June, Laughrey blocked the state from enforcing the requirement with a preliminary injunction, federal court records show.) Grown In report In a blazing fast eight-minute bench trial, a federal judge ordered a permanent injunction in the Toigo v. DHSS case against Missouri’s cannabis license residency requirements, effectively eliminating the state’s rule that residents own a majority of a license. The bench trial was conducted at the request of the state attorney general’s office after Western Missouri District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey granted a preliminary injunction last June. However, leading up to the trial, attorneys for the state submitted no additional briefs, and once in court, Assistant Attorney General Emily Dodge offered no oral argument. “I grant the permanent injunction. There will be a written order to follow, given the reasons, having heard no difference of the facts,” said Judge Laughrey just seven and half minutes into proceedings with a stern frown. As soon as Judge Laughrey issues a written order, out of state entities will be allowed to obtain majority interest in Missouri cannabis companies. External investment has been a significant issue in the state, especially as only 34 of 60 licensed cannabis companies have been able to become operational since licenses were issued in September 2019. Hopes for external investment could be brought to a halt however, if the Missouri attorney general appeals the case within 30 days of the issuance of a written order. The case was brought by Mark Toigo, a Pennsylvania resident and minority owner of Organic Remedies MO, which owns a…

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