The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has started issuing 86 licenses across the state for medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facilities, including one in Jefferson City.
Marijuana-infused products are products infused with marijuana or an extract and are intended for use or consumption by a means other than smoking. This can include but is not limited to edible products, ointments, tinctures and concentrates.
On Friday, DHSS began notifying applicants if they were approved or denied. A full list of all 373 applicants was uploaded to the DHSS website once the process was complete.
Each applicant was required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $6,000. The 373 applicants for manufacturing facilites generated $2.23 million in application fees, with $1.72 generated by the 287 who were rejected.
One Jefferson City-based applicant, Columbia Care MO LLC, was approved for a facility at 207 Militia Drive.
In nearby Gravois Mills, BTMD Holdings LLC was also approved for a location at 28744 Missouri 5.
Several Mid-Missouri applicants were included in the list of the 287 denied applications. The towns and applicants are:
Ashland — MoCanCure II LLC.
Belle — Tranquil Acres Inc.
Bland — Canvas Medical Dispensary LLC.
Callaway County, near Fulton — MediMO LLC.
Columbia — Missouri Cann Crush LLC; DRM Industries; GMX Honey Pot Corp; Crossing Paths LLC; NMG Missouri P1 LLC; EmmaLeaf Process CoMO LLC; FFE LCC; Robust Missouri Process and Manufacturing 1 LLC; and Como Health LLC.
Eldon — Magic Dragon Edibles, LLC; Western Edge PROC1 LLC; Missouri Grown ReLeaf, LLC; and Northern Roots LLC.
Fulton — 710 House LLC.
Gravois Mills — Missouri Medical Products LLC; and Seven Points Agro-Therapeutics MO LLC.
Lake Ozark — OZ Manufacturing LLC.
Jefferson City — Mule Products LLC; and Black Fox Manufacturing LLC.
New Bloomfield — Seven Points Agro-Therapeutics MO LLC.
Osage City — Seven Points Agro-Therapeutics MO LLC.
Owensville — Kind Enterprises LLC.
Portland — NR Enterprises LLC.
Sunrise Beach — Missouri Medical Options LLC; MOAZ Industries LLC; and Holistic Missouri LLC.
Vienna — Hippos LLC.
An applicant who was denied for a cultivation facility, Paul Callicoat, of Sarcoxie, was also denied for a manufacturing facility. Callicoat announced he was suing the DHSS after the denial of his cultivation application.
DHSS started licensing medical marijuana facilities in late December 2019 — 10 testing facilities, 21 transportation facilities and 60 cultivation facilities have been licensed.
One Jefferson City applicant for a testing facility — CanMed Labs LLC — was denied, as was an applicant in Columbia, making the closest approved applicant Clear-Water Science LLC out of Kingdom City.
Three Mid-Missouri applicants were approved for cultivation licenses. Four applications with sites tied to Jefferson City were denied, while 24 other Mid-Missouri applications were denied.
The next round of licenses are expected for dispensary facilities Jan. 24 and seed-to-sale tracking systems Jan. 31.
The Missouri Constitution divides medical marijuana facilities into four categories:
Medical marijuana cultivation facility — a facility that farms, stores, transports and sells medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana testing facility — a facility that acquires, tests, certifies and transports medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facility — a facility that specializes in marijuana-infused products.
Medical marijuana dispensary facility — a medical marijuana retail establishment.
DHSS expects dispensaries will open sometime in late spring or early summer. Dispensaries will eventually begin to dispense seeds and starter plants. Dispensaries will be required to sell patients seeds and starter plants beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
Non-refundable fees from medical marijuana applications have generated nearly $17 million. That is expected to climb much higher soon. After facilities receive notification they are certified, they must pay their annual fees within 30 days. For the 60 cultivation facilities, that's $25,000 each; for dispensaries, $10,000; for manufacturing facilities, $10,000; laboratory testing, $5,000; seed-to-sale, $5,000; and transporters, $5,000.
Through annual fees alone, the certified facilities will bring in more than $4.4 million.
Licensees are required to reapply for licenses every three years. Beginning in 2022, license application fees for cultivation, dispensary and manufacturing facilities will be half of the original fee. Other application fees will remain the same.