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Missouri Bill To Require Fingerprinting Of Marijuana Industry Workers Heads To The Governor

“Hopefully if they do implement the fingerprinting again there’ll be more providers in the state of Missouri that will be able to deal with a large quantity of candidates.”

By Rebecca Rivas, Missouri Independent

Everyone working in Missouri’s cannabis industry would be required to submit to a fingerprint background check under legislation approved Thursday.

Under the constitutional amendment that voters passed in November to legalize recreational marijuana, only the owners of cannabis companies are required to submit their fingerprints to the Missouri Highway Patrol for a criminal background check. Employees currently undergo a background check but aren’t required to be fingerprinted.

On Thursday, the Missouri Senate voted 32-2 to pass legislation extending the fingerprinting requirement to all employees, contractors and volunteers of cannabis businesses. The bill also makes some revisions to the background check process for schools and child care facilities.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

The measure had support from both the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), which oversees the state’s cannabis program, and the Missouri Cannabis Trade Association, which represents marijuana  professionals and business owners.

However, the fingerprinting requirement could slow down the process of getting new cannabis employees to work, just as the state is seeing a surge

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