Nearly 30 applications from Southwest Missouri have been pre-filed with the state to cultivate, manufacture or sell medical marijuana in Missouri.
Among the more prolific applicants is Sarcoxie Nursery, which is run by retired Joplin-area cardiologist Paul Callicoat. He wants to open several locations across the state.
Missouri became the 33rd state in November to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The state must approve at least 60 commercial growers, 86 facilities that manufacture marijuana-infused products and 192 dispensary licenses. It will take formal applications in August, with licenses expected to be awarded by the end of the year.
The local applications are among those from individuals and businesses across the state who want to sell medical marijuana. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services last week released that information to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after a court sided with the newspaper in a lawsuit challenging the state's efforts to keep the records secret.
Two groups already grow hemp, marijuana's botanical cousin. Noah's Arc Foundation and Beleaf Medical are the only two companies licensed by Missouri to grow the plant for production of CBD, a non-high-inducing ingredient that is marketed as a medical treatment. The companies applied for 11 licenses at their locations in Chesterfield and Earth City.
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