MMJ dispensaries in Missouri still have the inside track on recreational sales

Recreational cannabis sales in Missouri are now just a little over a month away. For small business owners like J.C. Cirese, whose business, Doctor Smoke on Broadway, sells legal cannabis derivatives, the wait will be at least a year.

"I think it's unfortunate for those smaller businesses who are, you know, trying to get into the industry and realizing that there is a big corporate stranglehold on the industry," Cirese said.

Owners of small businesses are applying for a lottery to get chosen for a license. However, the state's nearly 200 medical cannabis dispensaries have the inside track on recreational sales.

Missouri Cannabis Trade Association Spokesman Jack Cardetti said all of them have applied for and should get the comprehensive license to sell recreational cannabis beginning Feb. 6.


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