Medical pot: 'Exceptionally large number' of applicants want a Missouri dispensary license – Springfield News-Leader


What you should know about medical marijuana in Missouri: How to get a card, what are the qualifiers and more. Megan Bridgeman, Wochit

Late Tuesday, the Missouri health department announced new data about medical marijuana business applications received during the application period between Aug. 3 and Aug. 19.

For the first time, state government is breaking down how many applications it received for each type of medical marijuana business facility.

Missouri officials announced new data on the number of applicants for medical marijuana facility licenses on Sept. 3, 2019. In this June 21, 2018, Associated Press file photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in an Oakland, Calif. Missouri received far more applications than available licenses. (Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP)

Following the text of voter-approved Amendment 2, the state must award marijuana facility licenses by Dec. 31. The applications are set to be “blind scored” by a Nevada-based company, Wise Health Solutions, which has until Nov. 30 to complete the job.

There were 2,163 applications, and Missouri will award just 348 facility business licenses. Here’s the breakdown of licenses versus applications for each type of cannabis facility:

554 applications for 60 cultivation facility licenses 1,163 applications for 192 dispensary licenses 415 applications for 86 manufacturing licenses 17 applications for 10 testing lab licenses

There were also 14 applications filed for transport licenses. Missouri officials say the names of applicants and their proposed facility locations will be disclosed “in the coming weeks.”

Randall Williams, a physician who serves as director of Missouri’s health department, called the figures an “exceptionally large number of applicants” in a statement released late Monday.

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