Missouri

Will Your Business Receive a Missouri Medical Marijuana License?

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is accepting applications for medical marijuana facilities through August 17, 2019. More than 600 businesses have submitted pre-filed application forms and nonrefundable fees with the state. Missouri will award 348 available licenses across 8 districts. The medical marijuana program is expected to become operational in January 2020.

Missouri’s medical marijuana market could be significant as the state has over 6 million residents, and the conditions that qualify a patient for participation in the program are broad. The state has approved 5,000 patients since it began accepting applications on June 28, 2019.

The University of Missouri-Columbia drafted a Medical Marijuana Market Study for the DHHS that analyzed the potential consumers, production, and sellers in Missouri. The study utilized evidence from 19 states to determine that the number of patients in Missouri would be 19,000 in 2020, 22,500 in 2021, and 26,000 in 2022. The study indicated that, based on data from other states, most patients would qualify for medical marijuana due to chronic pain. Missouri utilized this study to establish the number of licenses that would be awarded when implementing the medical marijuana program.

The process for obtaining a cultivation and dispensary license will be competitive as the number of applicants that pre-filed applications outnumber the total number of available licenses. The state’s data shows that it has yet to receive an application for a testing facility, which could jeopardize the state’s go-live date. The number of applications received by the state versus the number of available licenses is provided below.

  • Cultivation License: 164 pre-filed applications for 60 available licenses.

  • Dispensary License: 334 pre-filed applications for 192 available licenses.

  • Manufacturing Licenses: 94 pre-filed application for 86 available licenses

  • Testing Licenses: 0 pre-filed applications for 10 available licenses.

The state will use a third-party entity will evaluate and score the submissions. The factors that are considered by the state’s scoring methodology include the applicant’s character and background (.12); the business plan, diversion controls and access to medical marijuana for low income patients (.20); site security (.20); management’s experience in legal cannabis market (.08); how the licensee will provide positive community impact (.16); a plan to maintain a competitive marketplace (.04); and license specific experience (.20).

The state has provided an extensive list of frequently asked questions that applicant’s should review as a part of the application process. The frequently asked questions address ownership restrictions and evaluation criteria that is essential to a successful application process.

Missouri will inform applicants on whether it obtained a license and/or certification within 150 days of the application’s submission.




Missouri is Now Accepting Medical Marijuana Applications

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began accepting applications for medical patients, caregivers, and physicians on June 28, 2019. This is the first step in the implementation of Missouri’s medical marijuana program. The state will accept applications for medical marijuana establishments from August 3, 2019, to August 17, 2019.

In January 2019, the DHHS accepted pre-filing application fees for Medical Marijuana Cultivation, Dispensary, or Infused Products Manufacturing Facilities. The state received 534 applications and collected $3.9 million in fees as of June 20, 2019. Of the 534 applications, 301 applicants are seeking a dispensary license, 157 applicants are seeking a cultivation license, and 85 applicants are seeking a manufacturing license. The DHHS published a map indicating the permitted locations within the state for each license type.

The local municipalities in the state are busy adopting medical marijuana ordinances. Unlike other states, Missouri requires municipalities to permit a medical marijuana dispensary to operate in a city upon the request of an interested party. The local ordinances provide business-friendly requirements at fees lower than those in other states.

The state also released an eleven (11) page facility license applications and scoring criteria document in late May. The evaluation criteria place an emphasis on the need for medical marijuana facilities to execute a business plan that protects medical marijuana patients, ensures an adequate supply of medical marijuana, and provides a plan for making medical marijuana available to qualifying low-income patients. Businesses seeking a license in Missouri should review the scoring methodology and structure the application accordingly.

Missouri and Oklahoma Cities Adopt Business Friendly Medical Marijuana Rules

Missouri and Oklahoma cities are embracing medical marijuana, and adopting business-friendly ordinances. Oklahoma has quickly expanded its medical marijuana program, and generated over $12 million in sales in March. Missouri is also planning for a big rollout as Governor Parson allocated $3 million to the medical marijuana program. To date, the state received over 481 pre-filed license applications and fees totaling $3,470,000. Licenses will be formally accepted on August 3, 2019.

Our data shows that, since the beginning of March, at least 25 cities in these states discussed allowing medical marijuana or have adopted an ordinance. The growth in the number of cities considering medical marijuana is noticeable and encouraging for the industry overall. Unlike cities on the East and West Coasts, the ordinances are generally simple, offer low fees, no caps on licenses and fewer operating requirements. These business friendly towns offer a license opportunity at a lower cost and regulatory risk.

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