ST. LOUIS — Nearly 400 license applications have been submitted for marijuana dispensaries across the St. Louis metropolitan area, according to state records released Tuesday. Those records for the first time reveal the exact addresses where marijuana businesses would operate — if the state grants them a license.
Despite the large number of applications, only about 50 such dispensaries will be licensed in the metro area.
The fierce competition is representative of statewide interest in the industry, which is expected to top $100 million in sales by 2025. Missouri has raked in more than $13 million in fees from 2,184 applications statewide to grow marijuana, make marijuana-infused products, test them, transport them and sell them.
Marijuana business applications by St. Louis-area county
Marijuana business applications by St. Louis-area county:
St. Louis County: 333 marijuana businesses
206 dispensaries 61 marijuana growers 59 makers of marijuana-infused products 6 testing laboratories 1 marijuana transporter
St. Louis City: 174 marijuana businesses
94 dispensaries 40 marijuana growers 36 makers of marijuana-infused products 2 testing laboratories 2 marijuana transporters
St. Charles County: 68 marijuana businesses
45 dispensaries 12 marijuana growers 11 makers of marijuana-infused products
Jefferson County: 47 marijuana businesses
28 dispensaries 9 marijuana growers 7 makers of marijuana-infused products 2 testing laboratories 1 marijuana transporter
Franklin County: 33 marijuana businesses
14 dispensaries 12 marijuana growers 7 makers of marijuana-infused products
Lincoln County: 12 marijuana businesses
4 dispensaries 4 marijuana growers 2 testing laboratories 2 makers of marijuana-infused products
Including growers, testing labs and other marijuana-based businesses, at least 667 applications were submitted for brick-and-mortar locations in the St. Louis area, from Elsberry to De Soto and from Washington to the city of St. Louis, according to a Post-Dispatch analysis.
State law prohibits municipalities from