Over 550 medical marijuana facilities have pre-filed applications with the Missouri health department, 12 of which could be located in southeast Missouri.Â
On June 4, forms were made available to the public for potential cultivation, manufacturing, dispensary, and testing facilities for the drug.Â
Five applicants have since filed as dispensaries in Cape Girardeau, according to the DHSS. In Jackson, one has filed as a cultivator and one as a manufacturer. In Perryville, two companies have applied as cultivators and one as a manufacturer. Two applicants have filed as dispensaries in Sikeston.
One patient care organization, Noahâ€™s Arc, has filed for several of these locations in southeast Missouri. They currently distribute CBD oil for the treatment of intractable epilepsy for qualifying patients, and have already applied for 11 licenses total across the state.
According to the DHSS, only 338 of these facility licenses will be granted: 192 for dispensaries, 60 for cultivation facilities, and 86 for manufacturing facilities. Two testing lab site licenses will be granted. No applicants have yet submitted as a testing site.
Official applications for licenses and certifications wonâ€™t be accepted until Aug. 3, and facilities wonâ€™t be licensed until early 2020.