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US (MO): MMJ market launches with some hiccups

Medical cannabis is available in Missouri for the very first time. The industry is expected to grow into a $480-million-per-year business, but it looks like it’ll take a while to get off the ground. Although medical cannabis was legalized in Missouri in 2018, it’s taken until October 2020 to ready the commercialization of the product. That was supposed to be ready by Spring of this year, but coronavirus caused a bit of a delay.

The rush to get medical cannabis cards has outpaced the speed at which dispensaries have been able to get product on their shelves. Today, more than 66,000 Missourians have been approved for medical cannabis cards. Over 17,000 of them had their cards almost a full year before marijuana hit the shelves in Missouri.  

Right now, there’s only one licensed cultivator open and providing cannabis to dispensaries in Missouri, though 60 in total are licensed. More than 100 others are working to get their paperwork done.

EKG Labs is the first company to provide medical cannabis for Missourians, testing cannabis for BeLeaf Medical. It passed its final commencement inspection on September 26th, less than a month before dispensaries opened their doors. Now, it tests levels of THC, checks for psychoactive compounds in the product, and makes sure the quality is up to par, meaning no mold or mildew has affected the plant.


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