JEFFERSON, Mo. – More than $70 million in cumulative sales of medical marijuana have been reported for the state of Missouri since Oct. 2020.
Total cannabis sales for May amount to $15.5 million and approximately $16.4 million have been reported for June.
There are 126 dispensaries in Missouri with new retail locations opening almost on a daily basis, according to the trade association.
Throughout the state, there are 201 facilities that are waiting to receive state operating approval, including five testing labs, 23 cultivators, and 33 manufacturers of infused products such as cannabis edibles, concentrates, and vape cartridges.
The trade association reports that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has licensed 375 facilities to cultivate, manufacture, test, transport, and dispense medical marijuana to Missouri patients.
“Patient after patient, our members hear every day just how vital Missouri’s medical cannabis program has become in a relatively short time,” said Andrew Mullins, executive director of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association.
“This remains a summer of lofty expectations, with thousands of new patients each week obtaining their cannabis cards, business owners creating a steady flow of new jobs, and our industry generating millions in new tax revenue for the state thanks to an additional 4 percent sales tax dedicated to the health and care of veterans.”
There are more than 121,000 medical marijuana patients in Missouri with almost 3,700 people who have been issued state agent ID cards to work in medical cannabis facilities, according to the trade association.
The association states that the medical cannabis industry is “expected to generate nearly twice that many jobs, more than $800 million in direct spending and another $570 million in indirect spending over the course of its first full year of sales and operation.”
The state of Illinois currently has 55 licensed retail outlets.
Under Missouri’s constitution, residents who have cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and 20 other conditions, can purchase or cultivate medical marijuana with a physician’s certification.
The law also allows physicians to certify patients under their discretion who have other chronic and debilitating medical conditions.