In the year since legal Missouri dispensaries started selling recreational cannabis, sales have topped $1 billion.

All of that cannabis is grown by 51 cultivation facilities currently approved by Missouri, with another eight waiting for the state to sign off on their ability to operate.

These facilities operate like a fine-tuned machine, turning out multiple full crops of cannabis each year.

“The cultivation facility environment is fast-paced,” said Justin Sheffield, director of cultivation for Sinse Cannabis, a brand of BeLeaf Medical Company. “Everyone on the team loves their job, but it’s high-stress; there are production goals. We do have to hit numbers and time frames.”

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