Missouri’s Division of Well being and Senior Companies has obtained hundreds of functions for medical marijuana cultivation, dispensary, manufacturing and testing laboratory licenses.

DHSS reviews 2,163 on-line functions had been obtained by 4:30 p.m. Monday. It was a giant bounce on the figures we reported in July, when the tally stood at beneath 500 by early within the month. 800 functions had been obtained within the closing 24 hours of the appliance interval.

Whereas a breakdown of functions wasn’t obtainable on the time of publishing, there shall be numerous disappointment when this course of is full. A complete of 348 licences shall be granted by DHSS: 60 for cultivation amenities, 192 for dispensaries, 86 for medical marijuana-infused manufacturing amenities and 10 for testing laboratory amenities.

The variety of licences has beforehand been referred to as into query, with an financial evaluation suggesting the extent could also be too excessive given projected demand.

DHSS is happy with its progress to this stage.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased with the workforce we now have constructed who’ve been liable for getting us by means of this pivotal level for implementing a medical marijuana program for Missourians,” mentioned Lyndall Fraker, director of DHSS Part for Medical Marijuana Regulation.

What Occurs Now?

Based on the division, a third-party “blind scorer” will start reviewing the functions, which shall be stripped of any figuring out info, in opposition to Analysis Standards Scoring Questions.

That third-party has fairly a job forward of it as functions have to be authorized or denied by the division inside 150 days of utility date. That being the case, the newest the primary approvals shall be is December 29, 2019.

DHSS did have a map exhibiting areas of proposed amenities, however that hasn’t been up to date since June 20. Nonetheless, the Division says info concerning facility kind and proposed location related to all functions shall be made obtainable within the coming weeks.

Whereas setting this system up has little question been an costly job, DHSS has obtained over $13 million in utility charges. Looking forward to when product shall be obtainable, taxes shall be collected on medical marijuana offered and there may also be license charges producing income. This money shall be used to cowl this system’s working bills and any surplus funds are to profit the brand new Missouri Veterans’ Well being and Care Fund.