War Veteran Non-Profit Hosts Inaugural Medical Cannabis Conference Days Before Missourians Vote on Medical Cannabis Ballot

Nation’s Cannabis Experts Address Consumers, Healthcare Providers & Emerging Trade at October 27 & 28 St. Charles-based Forum

MISSOURI: The inaugural Missouri Medical Cannabis Conference will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 27 and October 28, and will provide voters, potential patients, caretakers, varied healthcare providers and those interested in the associated business and trade of medical cannabis broad access to experts and expert resources.

The event features medical cannabis healthcare providers, researchers and patients, as well as renowned leaders in various aspects of America’s medical cannabis movement.  Conference activities include keynote speeches, panel discussions, networking sessions and multiple food-based hospitality events.  The cost of attendance begins at $75; additional higher priced attendance packages are offered, with cost based on extent of conference access, special events and amenities included.

Held in St. Charles at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, conference organizers have structured Saturday’s session to focus on patient and healthcare subjects.  Sunday’s conference addresses the medical cannabis trade landscape and emerging business opportunities.  Saturday activities begin at 9 am, Sunday sessions begin at noon.   For a complete schedule, speaker information & pricing options, visit www.mocannacon.com

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The conference is organized and hosted by Missouri based Project 4-22 Foundation, a volunteer community initiative committed to mitigating the American military veteran suicide epidemic by seeking safer treatment options while raising awareness of the staggering death rates reported by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Project 4-22 organized this informative and educational forum with broad appeal to various constituents — from voters to healthcare providers — in advance of Missouri’s medical cannabis vote because every day at least 22 veterans commit suicide. With diagnoses ranging from post-traumatic stress to traumatic brain injury, veterans face limited and inadequate treatment that includes addictive opiates.  In November Missouri voters will make history, passing judgement on three separate medical cannabis initiatives on the ballot.  Project 4-22 advocates the medical benefits of cannabis and its use as an effective treatment for many veteran diagnoses, and designed the conference as an opportunity for Missourians to educate themselves before voting in November’s historical election.

Big U.S. Banks Seek New Clarity On Risks Of Marijuana-Linked Accounts

MISSOURI: Major banks are getting increasingly wary of some transactions with smaller banks that have begun to allow marijuana businesses to open accounts. Officials at the bigger institutions say they fear being in breach of anti-money laundering laws and are pressing federal authorities to make it clear what is legitimate and what is illegal.

The problem arises because in Colorado and Washington states, marijuana for general use is legal, and in a host of other states it is legal for certain medicinal purposes. But the business is still illegal under federal law, and U.S. banks are required to report transactions that they suspect involve money earned through illegal activities.

The bankers, including anti-money laundering officials at three of the biggest U.S. banks, expressed concern that their firms could face civil and even criminal penalties not only for dealing with any of the businesses directly but also handling money from the estimated dozens of small and mid-sized banks that have begun working with the marijuana shops or their suppliers.

The bankers say the U.S. Treasury Department’s anti-money laundering unit needs to clarify its expectations for the handling and reporting of wire transfers and other payments that involve people and entities linked to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses.

Few Fines, Convictions Under St. Louis Marijuana Ordinance

MISSOURI:  Since last summer, 127 people have been charged under a new city ordinance reducing penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Only one person who pleaded guilty to a possession charge has been convicted and fined for possessing pot under the new ordinance.

Most of the cases have yet to reach a disposition, but of those that have, many resulted in a suspended imposition of sentence, a probationary period that might also include drug education classes and community service. If an individual doesn’t violate the terms of the suspended imposition of sentence, there will be no conviction and no fine.

 

Missouri police officer gets approval to moonlight as Show-Me Cannabis lobbyist

MISSOURI:  St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization.

Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for “secondary employment” will be allowed. [Read more…]

Missouri police officer gets approval to moonlight as Show-Me Cannabis lobbyist

MISSOURI:  St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization.

Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for “secondary employment” will be allowed. [Read more…]