Missouri’s Division of Overall health and Senior Solutions has received thousands of applications for health-related marijuana cultivation, dispensary, manufacturing and testing laboratory licenses.

DHSS reports two,163 on the net applications had been received by four:30 p.m. Monday. It was a large jump on the figures we reported in July, when the tally stood at below 500 by early in the month. 800 applications have been received in the final 24 hours of the application period.

When a breakdown of applications wasn’t out there at the time of publishing, there will be a lot of disappointment when this approach is total. A total of 348 licences will be granted by DHSS: 60 for cultivation facilities, 192 for dispensaries, 86 for health-related marijuana-infused manufacturing facilities and 10 for testing laboratory facilities.

The quantity of licences has previously been referred to as into query, with an financial evaluation suggesting the level might be also higher offered projected demand.

DHSS is pleased with its progress to this stage.

“I am exceptionally proud of the group we have constructed who have been accountable for receiving us by way of this pivotal point for implementing a health-related marijuana system for Missourians,” mentioned Lyndall Fraker, director of DHSS Section for Health-related Marijuana Regulation.

What Occurs Now?

According to the division, a third-celebration “blind scorer” will start reviewing the applications, which will be stripped of any identifying details, against Evaluation Criteria Scoring Concerns.

That third-celebration has pretty a job ahead of it as applications should be authorized or denied by the division inside 150 days of application date. That becoming the case, the newest the initial approvals will be is December 29, 2019.

DHSS did have a map displaying places of proposed facilities, but that hasn’t been updated due to the fact June 20. Even so, the Division says details concerning facility kind and proposed place related with all applications will be produced out there in the coming weeks.

When setting the system up has no doubt been an pricey activity, DHSS has received more than $13 million in application costs. Searching ahead to when solution will be out there, taxes will be collected on health-related marijuana sold and there will also be license costs producing income. This money will be employed to cover the program’s operating expenditures and any surplus funds are to advantage the new Missouri Veterans’ Overall health and Care Fund.