Mo. — Over 1,100 applications came into the Department of Health and Senior Services for medical marijuana dispensary applications, but only 192 are going to be rewarded across the state.
The state of Missouri is notifying those who are approved and denied for a medical marijuana dispensary license today, Jan. 25.
Nothing official has come down from the Department of Health and Senior Services, and before they release a full list, all of the applicants will need to be notified.
Officials of the state say that the list will likely be released tomorrow, However, we have heard of a few places locally that have been approved.
Bloom Medicinals, Revival 98 and Ozarks Bottanicals are the ones who have made the cut.
Owner of Ozarks Bottanicals, Kim Andrews, says it wasn’t easy to get a license.
“It has been a long road, definitely a lot of competition,” Andrews said. “We knew there would be a lot of people interested in the industry, but when the numbers came through for how many people had applied, it was shocking.”
Andrews was happy to be apart of something new.
“It’s exciting to be a part of something that so many people are finding benefit in medically, and just being able to be on the ground floor,” Andrews said.
Going forward, she says educating the public, and making connections within the industry are going to be short term focuses.
“And figuring out where to get the product, you know start establishing those relationships,” Andrews said.
One of those businesses she may cross paths with is Revival 98, a Springfield cannabis company owned by former NFL player Grant Wistrom.
“I started using cannabis back when I was playing football,” Wistrom said. “At that point for me, it was a way to bring myself back down after games.”
Once realizing it was a big part of his recovery, and seeing how it helped his family, he knew he wanted to be part of the industry.
They weren’t able to lock down a cultivation license, but Wistrom still figures to have a successful endeavor in the manufacturing and dispensary sectors.
“Now that we’ve got our dispensary license, we’ll be able to sell our own product that we manufacture within our own manufacturing company, and we’ll be able to take it right over to our dispensaries and put it on our shelves for our patients,” Wistrom said.
Local businesses that were denied include Cannabliss, Sarcoxie Nursey, and Wholesome Bud.