Lyndall Fraker, head of the medical cannabis office in the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, believes the remaining 50 stores will open by the end of the year for a total of 192.
“The amendment that was voted on said that we should open the minimum number at least, which was 192 dispensaries. As of today, we have 142 open. We’ve done the math and based on the number of quantities that each patient can purchase each month, how much product it would take to serve the patient base and we think we are going to be good for five or six years.” — Fraker, via Fox 2
The state saw significant windfall from medical cannabis sales this year. In August 2021 alone, Missouri dispensed $110 million worth of medical cannabis. The industry is subject to a 4% sales tax by the state and all revenue left over after covering the expenses of the program goes toward helping veterans in the state, Fox 2 reports.
“We have transferred $2.1 million over to the veterans,”