1.  No registration shall be issued under section 195.030 unless and until the applicant therefor has furnished proof satisfactory to the department of health and senior services:

 (1)  That the applicant is of good moral character or, if the applicant be an association or corporation, that the managing officers are of good moral character;

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 195.040

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Controlled substance: a drug, substance, or immediate precursor in Schedules I through V listed in this chapter. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Dispense: to deliver a narcotic or controlled dangerous drug to an ultimate user or research subject by or pursuant to the lawful order of a practitioner including the prescribing, administering, packaging, labeling, or compounding necessary to prepare the substance for such delivery. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • Distribute: to deliver other than by administering or dispensing a controlled substance. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Manufacture: the production, preparation, propagation, compounding or processing of drug paraphernalia or of a controlled substance, or an imitation controlled substance, either directly or by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Person: an individual, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, joint venture, association, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Sale: includes barter, exchange, or gift, or offer therefor, and each such transaction made by any person, whether as principal, proprietor, agent, servant or employee. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States, includes any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession thereof, and any area subject to the legal authority of the United States of America. See Missouri Laws 195.010
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 (2)  That the applicant is equipped as to land, buildings, and paraphernalia properly to carry on the business described in his or her application.

 2.  No registration shall be granted to any person who has within two years been finally adjudicated and found guilty, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in a criminal prosecution under the laws of any state or of the United States, for any misdemeanor offense or within seven years for any felony offense related to controlled substances.  No registration shall be granted to any person who is abusing controlled substances.

 3.  The department of health and senior services shall register an applicant to manufacture, distribute or dispense controlled substances unless it determines that the issuance of that registration would be inconsistent with the public interest.  In determining the public interest, the following factors shall be considered:

 (1)  Maintenance of effective controls against diversion of controlled substances into other than legitimate medical, scientific, or industrial channels;

 (2)  Compliance with applicable state and local law;

 (3)  Any convictions of an applicant under any federal or state laws relating to any controlled substance;

 (4)  Past experience in the manufacture or distribution of controlled substances and the existence in the applicant’s establishment of effective controls against diversion;

 (5)  Furnishing by the applicant of false or fraudulent material information in any application filed under this chapter;

 (6)  Suspension or revocation of the applicant’s federal registration to manufacture, distribute or dispense narcotics or controlled dangerous drugs as authorized by federal law; and

 (7)  Any other factors relevant to and consistent with the public health and safety.

 4.  Registration does not entitle a registrant to manufacture and distribute controlled substances in Schedule I or II other than those specified in the registration.

 5.  Practitioners shall be registered to dispense any controlled substance or to conduct research with controlled substances in Schedules II through V if they are authorized to dispense or conduct research under the laws of this state.  The department of health and senior services need not require separate registration under this chapter for practitioners engaging in research with nonnarcotic substances in Schedules II through V where the registrant is already registered under this chapter in another capacity.  Practitioners registered under federal law to conduct research with Schedule I substances may conduct research with Schedule I substances within this state upon furnishing the department of health and senior services evidence of that federal registration.

 6.  Compliance by manufacturers and distributors with the provisions of federal law respecting registration, excluding fees, shall entitle them to be registered under this chapter.

 7.  A registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance may be suspended or revoked by the department of health and senior services upon a finding that the registrant:

 (1)  Has furnished false or fraudulent material information in any application filed under this chapter;

 (2)  Has been convicted of a felony under any state or federal law relating to any controlled substance;

 (3)  Has had his or her federal registration to manufacture, distribute or dispense suspended or revoked;

 (4)  Has violated any federal controlled substances statute or regulation, or any provision of this chapter or chapter 579 or regulation promulgated under this chapter; or

 (5)  Has had the registrant’s professional license to practice suspended or revoked.

 8.  The department of health and senior services may warn or censure a registrant; limit a registration to particular controlled substances or schedules of controlled substances; limit revocation or suspension of a registration to a particular controlled substance with respect to which grounds for revocation or suspension exist; restrict or limit a registration under such terms and conditions as the department of health and senior services considers appropriate for a period of five years; suspend or revoke a registration for a period not to exceed five years; or deny an application for registration.  In any order of revocation, the department of health and senior services may provide that the registrant may not apply for a new registration for a period of time ranging from one to five years following the date of the order of revocation.  All stay orders shall toll this time period.  Any registration placed under a limitation or restriction by the department of health and senior services shall be termed “under probation”.

 9.  If the department of health and senior services suspends or revokes a registration, all controlled substances owned or possessed by the registrant at the time of suspension or the effective date of the revocation order may be placed under seal by such agency and held pending final disposition of the case.  No disposition may be made of substances under seal until the time for taking an appeal has elapsed or until all appeals have been concluded, unless a court, upon application therefor, orders the sale of perishable substances and the deposit of the proceeds of the sale with the court.  Upon a revocation order becoming final, all controlled substances may be forfeited to the state.

 10.  The department of health and senior services may, upon review, terminate any restriction or limitation previously imposed upon a registration by the department of health and senior services if the registrant has remained in compliance with the imposed restrictions or limitations and local, state and federal laws since the time the restrictions or limitations were imposed.

 11.  The department of health and senior services shall promptly notify the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Department of Justice, or its successor agency, of all orders suspending or revoking registration and all forfeitures of controlled substances.

 12.  If after first providing the registrant an opportunity for an informal conference, the department of health and senior services proposes to deny, suspend, restrict, limit or revoke a registration or refuse a renewal of registration, the department of health and senior services shall serve upon the applicant or registrant written notice of the proposed action to be taken on the application or registration.  The notice shall contain a statement of the type of discipline proposed, the basis therefor, the date such action shall go into effect and a statement that the registrant shall have thirty days to request in writing a hearing before the administrative hearing commission.  If no written request for a hearing is received by the department of health and senior services within thirty days of the applicant’s or registrant’s receipt of the notice, the proposed discipline shall take effect thirty-one days from the date the original notice was received by the applicant or registrant.  If the registrant or applicant makes a written request for a hearing, the department of health and senior services shall file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission within sixty days of receipt of the written request for a hearing.  The complaint shall comply with the laws and regulations for actions brought before the administrative hearing commission.  The department of health and senior services may issue letters of censure or warning and may enter into agreements with a registrant or applicant which restrict or limit a registration without formal notice or hearing.

 13.  The department of health and senior services may suspend any registration simultaneously with the institution of proceedings under subsection 7 of this section if the department of health and senior services finds that there is imminent danger to the public health or safety which warrants this action.  The suspension shall continue in effect until the conclusion of the proceedings, including review thereof, unless sooner withdrawn by the department of health and senior services, dissolved by a court of competent jurisdiction or stayed by the administrative hearing commission.