One hundred and ninety-two dispensaries were issued with permits by the state of Missouri, allowing them to sell medical marijuana to patients. Of the 192 dispensaries, eight are located in Springfield City.
Missouri has eight Congressional districts, and each of them was issued with 24 licenses by the state Department of Health and Senior Services. The department indicated that the recipients of the permits met the requirements of the program and that they scored the highest during the evaluation of the license applicants. There were more than 1,200 applications for dispensary licenses within the state.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Missouri in 2018, but since cannabis must be grown at farms that have been tested and approved in the state, marijuana sales are expected to start this summer.
The Kansas City Star reported that as of Tuesday of last week, the health department had approved medical marijuana identification cards to 29,457 patients, and 820 caregivers.
The patients are allowed to apply for medical marijuana cards once they receive certification from their physician. The list of qualifying conditions includes cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraines, chronic pain, HIV or AIDS, debilitating psychiatric disorders, and any other terminal illness.
In December last year, the Department of Health and Senior Services in Missouri issued the licenses for testing, transporting, and growing facilities.
Medical marijuana dispensary applicants had to pay a non-refundable application fee of $6,000 and an annual license fee of $10,000. Any marijuana business can possess a maximum of 5 dispensary permits, three cultivation licenses, or three manufacturing permits.
Speaking to the media, Bianca Sullivan, the owner of Fresh Green, said that her company won two dispensaries and one would be located in Kansas City while the other in Lee’s Summit.
Sullivan said that she was jumping up and down due to happiness and eventually jumped into the arms of her husband.
Janette Hamilton is the owner of TriCept Wellness, which is based in St. Louis. She said that she was devastated after she got the news that the regulators had rejected the application from her company. She was frustrated because her company’s score was 16th in the 1st Congressional District; however, the regulators selected other applicants with lower ratings and awarded them dispensary permits.
The state did not explain why her company was rejected, said Hamilton.
Applicants for dispensary permits must be residents of Missouri and must present a one-year proof of residency. The business must be owned by people who have been residents of Missouri for at least one year and have no resident privileges in other states. People who have been convicted of drug-related crime cannot own or participate as an employee. The license applicants must also submit a statement showing that all owners have submitted fingerprints and have undergone a criminal background check within the last six months.
Industry actors like HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) (OTCQB: HTPRF) may now be happy that arrangements are in high gear to give patients in Missouri a chance to use medical cannabis to manage their health challenges.
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