Last edited 12:11 p.m., Jan. 24, 2020
The state began granting licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries yesterday, and at least four entrepreneurial groups got the nod to operate in the Springfield area. Canna Bliss LLC and The Wholesome Bud Co. LLC are among companies whose licenses were denied.
Bloom Medicinals of MO LLC, Ozarx Botanicals I LLC, Easy Mountain Investments LLC and former NFL player Grant Wistrom’s Revival Ninety-Eight LLC were all granted licenses yesterday. Other applicants could not be reached for comment by deadline.
Wistrom also was granted an infused-product manufacturing license Jan. 10. Revival 98 LLC and Happy Days LLC were the only groups to receive the manufacturing license in Springfield, according to state documents.
Representatives of Bloom Medicinals told Springfield Business Journal yesterday that the company was awarded licenses to operate in Springfield, Cape Girardeau, O’Fallon and Plattsburg. Its local dispensary is planned for 751 S. Glenstone Ave. Bloom Medicinals is a Florida-based company with dispensary, infused-product manufacturing and cultivation facilities in Arkansas, Utah, Maryland and Ohio, according to its website. It also received Missouri licenses for an infused-product manufacturing facility and cultivation facility in Plattsburg and O’Fallon, according to state documents.
Easy Mountain Investments will be opening a dispensary in Republic, according to representatives of the group. Ozarx Botanicals will operate at 3800 W. Sunshine St.
Canna Bliss and The Wholesome Bud, two companies whose owners have been public about their plans for medical marijuana businesses, told SBJ they were denied licenses yesterday.
Jamie Tillman, owner of CBD operator Canna Bliss and supply company Canna Grow LLC, said she did not get the green light for three dispensary licenses in the Queen City. Desmond Morris, owner of The Wholesome Bud, also said he was denied a dispensary license. Morris was previously denied a cultivation and infused-product manufacturing license. Morris said he plans to appeal all three decisions by the state.
“I have no idea what we’re going to do,” Tillman said. “I think we’ll wait until the scoring comes out to see how far beneath the approval line we were to know if there’s anything we can do.”
Tillman has been renovating a property at 1109 E. Battlefield Road, previously the Shop N Go gas station, for a potential medical marijuana dispensary location – kitty-corner to Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Centers’ Springfield attraction. Tillman previously told SBJ that she’s invested over $1 million into her hope of operating a medical marijuana dispensary.
Other applicants who said they did not receive a license are Ozark Mountain Healing LLC, Happy Leaf Missouri LLC and Top Shelf Botanicals LLC
Montana-based Top Shelf Botanicals LLC, which operates nine locations in Montana and cultivation facilities in Oklahoma, did not receive a dispensary license in Missouri, according to company representatives. The group applied for dispensary locations in Springfield, Joplin, Lebanon, Moberly and St. Joseph, according to state documents. It was also denied cultivation and infused-product manufacturing licenses.
A representative with Ozark Mountain Healing LLC also told SBJ that the group was denied all five of its applications in Springfield.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began announcing the 192 approved medical marijuana dispensary licenses yesterday – a day early. DHSS will continue issuing 24 licenses in each congressional district today, said Lisa Cox, director of communications for the department. The 7th congressional district comprises Greene, Christian, Stone, Lawrence, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Barry and Taney counties.
Cox said it was a last-minute decision to ensure the state contacted each applicant before the weekend, adding that there were over 1,200 applicants statewide.
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