Medical marijuana licenses announced
National firm wins permission to operate in Cassville
The first licenses for medical marijuana services in Missouri have been announced by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Dispensary licenses are expected to be announced around Jan. 24, 2020.
The only cultivation license awarded in Barry County went to Holistic Missouri LLC, listing an address of 19130 Highway 37 in Cassville.
Holistic Missouri also applied for cultivation licenses in Sunrise Beach in Camden County and in Kansas City. The corporation filed as a Missouri business with the Missouri Secretary of State on Aug. 20.
Holistic Missouri is a branch of Holistic Industries, formed in 2011 in Washington, D.C., by Josh Genderson. The company reports operations at the present time in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington, D.C., and had plans for expanding into six additional states, including Illinois. According to New Cannabis Ventures.com, Genderson projected business volume of $2 million a week by the end of 2019.
Holistic Missouri had the 12th highest score of the 60 cultivation licenses approved.
Cultivation applications were denied to Ozark Mountain Green in Shell Knob, Sarcoxie Nursery Cultivation Center, Big Adventures LLC in Mt. Vernon, JD Agriculture Corp. in Aurora, Horizon Growth in Pierce City and Samuel Myers in Seligman.
Paul and Wendy Calicoat, owners of Sarcoxie Nursery, spoke at length the Monett city officials about establishing a dispensary in Monett. Their score for their cultivation proposal fell 103 points short of the lowest successful applicant. The Calicoats have issued a statement saying they will appeal the decision. It is unclear if the retired cardiologist and wife can proceed with a dispensary, even if approved, without providing their own supply.
The Department of Health and Senior Services also announced licenses for medical marijuana transportation facilities. The only local applicant was Sickbudz in Wheaton and that application was denied, one of only three turned down in the state. A total of 21 were approved, including one in Joplin and one in Walnut Grove, northwest of Springfield.
Ten facilities were approved for medical marijuana lab testing. ContiCorp in Galena was a successful applicant. The only other southwest Missouri applicant to receive a license was Botannis Labs in Springfield, the highest scoring applicant.