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After Missouri voters enacted Amendment 2 last November—which legalized medical marijuana—the state’s health department took public input from patients, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals about how to structure the new system.
But the department doesn’t seem to have equity in mind when it comes to granting cannabis business licenses. Although some questions for applicants will call for diversity to be considered during the hiring process—including hiring for dispensaries, cultivation operations, or cannabis-infused manufacturing facilities—there will be no affirmative action for who gets to grow or sell medical marijuana in Missouri. In fact, all identifying demographic information—like race and gender—will be stripped from applications during the review process.
This blind review process is reportedly meant to ensure fairness, according to Lyndall Fraker, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) section for Medical Marijuana Regulation.
One thing’s for sure: Cannabis licensing in Missouri is shaping up to be quite competitive. The state is required by law to grant licenses to at least 60 commercial growers, 86 facilities that manufacture cannabis-infused products, and 192 dispensaries—that’s 24 dispensaries for each of Missouri’s eight congressional districts.
As of May 2, 2019, a whopping 481 pre-filed application forms and fees totaling $3,470,000 has already been received by the MDHSS.
From application fees to the general criteria for obtaining a cannabis license in Missouri, here’s everything you need to know if you’re interested in growing or selling medical marijuana for profit in the Show Me State.
All facility license application forms and instructions are available online at the MDHSS website, and this handy timeline will show you when all the deadlines are.
Here are the key dates:
- August 3, 2019: The MDHSS will begin accepting facility license applications
- August 17, 2019: applicants will have until “close of business” to submit applications
- December 31, 2019: The MDHSS and contracted partners will review and score completed applications prior to licensing
If your application is approved, you’ll receive your license within 150 days of applying.
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