Missouri will award 348 marijuana business licenses — selected from 2,100 applications – Springfield News-Leader

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

Story Highlights A key official previously estimated that the state would get 600 to 700 applications. Wise Health Solutions in Nevada will “blind-score” the applications.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with newly released data from the Missouri health department.

There will be more than 1,700 dashed hopes by Dec. 31.

Early Tuesday, the Missouri health department announced that it received 2,163 applications for medical marijuana facility licenses as of its 4:30 p.m. Monday deadline. Under Amendment 2, the state must require competitive licenses for would-be owners of cannabis-related businesses. The state collected more than $13 million in application fees, according to a news release.

The state plans to award 348 licenses: 192 for dispensaries, 60 for cultivation facilities, 86 for manufacturing facilities and 10 for testing labs.

The health department has already approved more than 6,500 applications for qualifying medical marijuana patient and caregiver ID cards since it began taking them June 28, officials said in a Monday news release.

Missouri health department officials said Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 that approximately 2,100 applications for medical marijuana business licenses came in before the 4:30 p.m. deadline. The state plans to award 348 licenses, 192 of them for dispensaries. In this 2017 photo, a cashier rings up a sale at a cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. Missouri dispensaries are expected to be operating sometime in mid-2020. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

State officials have not always predicted that they would get so many applications from would-be “canna-business” ventures.

At a Springfield public forum held in March, Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana, said that based on other states’

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