03/14/19 -- HB 829 -- Costs regarding litigation over medical marijuana to be paid by program fees

Bill Number: 
HB 829
Bill Purpose: 
Costs regarding litigation over medical marijuana to be paid by program fees
Date of Vote: 
03/14/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 829, introduced by Representative David Wood (Republican - District 58) simply indicates that if the state of Missouri is involved in any litigation regarding the implementation of the recently enacted medical marijuana program, any costs associated with the litigation must be paid for from the fees collected from the program, rather than general revenue or another source.  While the revenue from the program is earmarked for veteran's programs by the MO Constitution, it still seems reasonable that any costs associated with the program responsible for acquiring that revenue be deduced from that fund rather than another area.  It also seems to make sense from a budgetary perspective, as we would otherwise not need to set aside funds to cover possible lawsuits down the line.