Guidance for Applicants - Microbusiness
Eligibility Information - Microbusiness
How to Apply - Microbusiness
Frequently Asked Questions - Microbusiness
Outreach and Education - Microbusiness
Business Resources - Microbusiness

Event Location Change:

The location for the Microbusiness Outreach Forum scheduled for Mon, Feb 26, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM has been changed. The new location is: The Library Center 4653 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield, MO 65810

Microbusiness Qualifying Poverty and Unemployment Zip Codes

In accordance with 19 CSR 100-1.060(4)(B)5.F., eligible ZIP codes for qualifying poverty and unemployment rates are based on the most recent 5-year estimates published by the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau. The most recent American Community Survey data was released on December 7, 2023, and includes estimates from 2018-2022. The Department has provided a list of qualifying Missouri ZIP codes and qualifying Missouri census tracts below.

Our Role

The Office of Business Opportunity is responsible for development and implementation of programs to inform the public of the opportunities available to those individuals who meet the eligibility criteria set forth in Article XIV Section 2 of the Missouri Constitution.

What is a Marijuana Microbusiness?

A microbusiness is a marijuana facility license issued only to eligible individuals and entities. These licenses are essentially small businesses that are designed to allow marginalized or under-represented individuals to participate in the legal marijuana market. The Missouri Constitution provides that individuals who each meet at least one of the eligibility criteria set forth in Article XIV, Section 2, may apply for a marijuana microbusiness facility license. More information about eligibility criteria can be found here.

Microbusiness wholesale facility and microbusiness dispensary facility

Microbusiness Applicants Generally:

  • Majority owners must meet at least one eligibility criteria from Article XIV, Section 2.
  • An owner of a microbusiness facility may not also be an owner of another licensed marijuana facility or medical facility.
  • An entity/individual may only apply for and obtain one microbusiness license.
  • A marijuana facility shall not have as an owner any individual with a disqualifying felony offense.
  • Licenses will be awarded by lottery drawing. Click here for more information on the lottery process.

In October of 2023, the Department will issue six microbusiness licenses in each of the eight Missouri congressional districts, for a total of 48 microbusiness licenses. Of the six in each district, two will be microbusiness dispensaries, and four will be wholesale facilities. The Department will issue an additional 48 in 2024, and another 48 in 2025. Time periods for those application windows will be announced on the Department website.

Important Dates