Cassville medical marijuana dispensary approved

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Roark facility one of only four dispensaries between Springfield, Joplin

The medical marijuana dispensary licenses announced by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services last week continued the pattern seen in other license awards.

The only successful applicant in Barry or Lawrence counties was physician Lisa Roark’s business in Cassville.

The 192 licenses placed 24 licenses in each of the eight congressional districts. Nearly 1,200 applications were received.

Roark’s business, listed as The Dispensary on Highway 76 in Cassville, was 15th from the last to win approval, scoring about 60 points from the bottom cut-off. The Dispensary had the 10th highest score of those approved in District 7.

Other proposed dispensaries in the bi-county area denied licenses included Monett Dispensary, proposed by Paul and Wendy Callicoat from Sarcoxie Nursery, for 333 Kyler, with 25 scoring higher; Blossom Wellness, at 3100 S. Elliott Ave. in Aurora; and Old Mt. Vernon 12, at 1207 E. Daniel Dr. in Mt. Vernon.

Successful applicants near Monett included Harmony, at 890 W. Harmony in Neosho; SMO4, at 13011 Highway 96 in Carthage; and Easy Mountain Investments, at 1740 Highway 60 East in Republic.

Licenses were also approved for four dispensaries in Joplin, 11 in Springfield, two in Branson West, and one each in Ozark, Branson, Nixa and Lebanon.

The number of unsuccessful applications reflected a lively entrepreneurial spirit in southwest Missouri. Rejected licenses included 58 in Springfield, 14 in Joplin, seven in Ozark, five in Branson, three each in Branson West and Bolivar, two each in Neosho and Nixa, and one each in Reeds Spring, Nevada, Lebanon and Clinton.

The Callicoats had applied for dispensaries in Joplin and two in Kansas City, in addition to Monett. With all of their applications denied, the retired cardiologist and his wife, two of the most visible proponents of Amendment 2 that legalized medical marijuana, renewed their commitment to the effort making medical marijuana available to the public.

“We are disappointed that all four of our dispensary applications were denied,” the Callicoats said in a statement released Friday. “This remains consistent with the flawed scoring process that has been brought into question by us and others. We remain committed to ensuring there is safe and effective access to medical marijuana for eligible patients across our state. We are grateful for the continued outpouring of support as we move forward with our pending litigation.”

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