September 03, 2019

DHSS announces medical marijuana facility application count by facility type and grants waivers

For Immediate Release:
Sept. 3, 2019

Media Contact:
Lisa Cox
Chief, Office of Public Information
Missouri DHSS of Health and Senior Services


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) recorded 2,163 medical marijuana facility applications as of Aug. 19. Numbers of applications received by facility type are as follows:

  • Cultivation facility applications – 554
  • Dispensary facility applications – 1,163
  • Manufacturing facility applications – 415
  • Testing facility applications – 17
  • Transportation facility applications – 14

Additional information about the applications received, such as applicant names and facility locations will be released in the coming weeks. 

“We greatly appreciate the support exemplified by the exceptionally large number of applicants for implementation of Article XIV which will provide medical marijuana to qualified patients and raise funds to serve our veterans,” said Dr. Randall Williams, MD, FACOG, director of DHSS. “However, this resulted in a large number of applications being received in a short window of time and we have determined that all of those who started an application as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, will be part of the overall pool to be reviewed for licensure.”

Following the facility application deadline, DHSS received claims from some facility applicants that they experienced technical difficulties during the application process and were unable to submit their applications due to these difficulties.

Each claim was reviewed as a request for a waiver of the facility application deadline. Twenty (20) requests for waivers were denied. One hundred nine (109) waivers have been granted by DHSS, allowing the affected applications to be submitted.

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