State of Missouri awards 192 licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The state of Missouri awarded 192 businesses dispensary licenses to supply medical marijuana prescriptions.

Eight of those businesses are based in the city of Springfield.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services awarded 24 licenses in each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts, saying recipients were the top-scoring applicants that met the program’s eligibility requirements. The state received nearly 1,200 applications for dispensary licenses.

Voters made medical marijuana legal in November 2018, but because the drug must first be grown at approved sites and tested, sales aren’t expected to begin until this summer.

As of Tuesday, the health department had issued medical marijuana identification cards to 29,457 state residents and 820 to caregivers, the Kansas City Star reported.

Licenses for testing, transporting and growing facilities were issued in December. The winning applicant for seed-to-sale facility certifications will be announced Jan. 31.

Bianca Sullivan told the Star that her company, Fresh Green, won licenses for… Read More

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