Medical cannabis sales pass $200M statewide as industry continues to grow
By Ethan Colbert
Fourteen months after the first sale to a qualified patient, the state’s medical marijuana cannabis industry has eclipsed a major milestone, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The state’s 180 dispensaries have recorded more than $200 million in total sales.
“Nearly every facility who was part of the initial round of licensing is now up and running and providing beneficial products and service to the patients of Missouri,” said Lyndall Fraker, director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation for the state health department.
Among those dispensaries licensed to operate are Missouri Health and Wellness in Washington, Taste Buds in St. Clair and Green Gryphen, LLC in Pacific. There is also Columbia Care in Hermann. The Missourian’s attempts to reach Taste Buds, Green Gryphen and Columbia Care were unsuccessful as of press time.
Kathleen Beebe, a spokeswoman with Missouri Health and Wellness, said she “is not surprised” by how quickly the state hit the $200 million threshold.
“We’ve been open a year and we have seen a lot of growth in our business,” Beebe said. Missouri Health and Wellness was one of the first dispensaries in the state to open, making its first sale Nov. 30, 2020.
Beebe said the growth in the cannabis industry is best seen in the number of new patients enrolling in the statewide program.
“There are 160,000 (medical cannabis) cardholders in Missouri right now, which is just a remarkable number for the program,” Beebe said. “As people continue to gain an understanding of how this plant could help them, I would anticipate that this number is going to dramatically increase.”