US (MO): "Half of all medical cannabis licensees have applied to sell adult-use cannabis"

Adult-use cannabis is now legal in Missouri for those 21 and older, but you won’t be able to buy the product until next year. 

Last month, voters decided to join 20 other states in legalizing adult-use cannabis. Now the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working to allow dispensaries, cultivators, and manufacturers to expand their businesses, meaning consumers will be able to buy the product in the coming weeks. 

Lyndall Fraker is the director of the state’s medical cannabis program and is now overseeing the adult-use side until DHSS can hire a new director, moving Fraker to the director of public outreach for the Division of Cannabis Regulation. “We’ll be reviewing how they’ve been operating at this point,” Fraker said. “It will be a very simple review, and it’s not going to be as comprehensive as renewing their three licenses.”

Dispensaries, cultivation, and manufacturing licensees are applying for a comprehensive license to sell both medical and adult-use cannabis. Under the constitution, the state has until Feb. 6 to approve those applications, but it could happen sometime in January. He said already half of all licensees have sent in an application to be able to sell adult-use. 

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