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It’s about five weeks until Missouri will begin accepting medical marijuana facility applications.
But on Tuesday, state officials announced an interactive online map that shows where dispensaries, grow operations and manufacturing facilities could be located once the system is active next year.
The map breaks out prospective dispensary, cultivation and manufacturing facility license applications by county. It does this using nonpublic data tied to the 543 pre-filed application forms that the Department of Health and Senior Services received as of Thursday.
“Although these numbers are not at all final, we hope this information will give potential applicants, as well as cities and counties, some perspective on the field of applicants in their respective areas,” Lyndall Fraker, health department director of medical marijuana, said in a news release.
“Because the official application process does not begin until August,” state officials said in a news release, “there is no guarantee these numbers will be representative of where actual proposed facilities will be positioned.”
The business application process starts Aug. 3. By Dec. 31, Missouri must award licenses for the dispensaries, grow operations and other commercial facilities that will provide and sell medical cannabis to qualifying patients.
In the meantime, the new map reveals details about places where businesses want to locate.
In the Springfield-Branson corridor, for example, the map shows that dispensary applications are likely to come from businesses in Greene, Christian and Taney counties.
But of those three, only Greene County would also be the probable source of cultivation and manufacturing applications.
According to the map, nobody wants to legally cultivate marijuana in Taney County, as of June 20, and nobody wants to manufacture edibles in Taney or Christian counties.
Meanwhile, no business in St. Louis city had applied for a manufacturing or cultivation license as of Thursday.
Naming the business entities that want medical marijuana licenses has been an ongoing issue since voters passed Amendment 2 last November. Several news organizations, including the News-Leader, have asked the state for copies of pre-filed application forms, but have so far been turned down by state officials.
Advocates for Amendment 2 have said their intent in writing the constitutional amendment did not include keeping the identities of business license applicants secret.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch sued Missouri DHSS over the issue in January. On Friday, a judge ruled in the newspaper’s favor, delaying the effective date of the order so state officials may choose whether to appeal, the Post-Dispatch reported.
Randall Williams, DHSS director, told the St. Louis newspaper Friday, “It’s always our intent to comply with the law. The judge ruled, and unless there’s some compelling reason from the attorney general’s office or our lawyers I would think we would provide that information as quickly as we can.”
Friday, DHSS told the News-Leader in an email, “At this time, these records are still considered closed. When the judge’s final written order is entered and reviewed, we will reexamine this request.”
DHSS also announced Monday that business applicants can find worksheets on the state medical marijuana website that can be used to prepare their applications.
“Applicants must use these worksheets to upload responses to the online facility application system between August 3-17,” state officials said in a news release.
Missouri residents who want qualifying patient or caregiver ID cards that allow access to medical marijuana may begin applying for those documents June 28, DHSS said earlier this month.
To apply for an ID card, qualifying patients must first obtain a physician certification stating that the person suffers from one of the qualifying medical problems that allow access to medical cannabis under Amendment 2.
This article was first published on https://www.cannabisimp.com.