The first legal sales of medical marijuana in Missouri have occurred this weekend.
The sales happened at the N’Bliss Manchester Dispensary in St. Louis County.
“Missouri patients have always been our north star as we work to implement the state’s medical marijuana program,” said Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). “We greatly appreciate how hard everyone has worked so that patients can begin accessing a safe and well-regulated program.”
The DHSS says Missouri has one of the fastest implementations of a medical marijuana program in the country. The department cites an internal single page graph showing the relative speed of different medical marijuana adoption programs.
“A tremendous amount of work has occurred by the licensed facilities and our team to get us to this point, and we continue to hear from more facilities that they are ready or almost ready for their commencement inspection,” said Lyndall Fraker, director of the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation. “We look forward to seeing these facilities open their doors to serve patients and caregivers.”
The state anticipates most of the 192 legal dispensaries to be open by the end of the year. You can see which are open on their website, here.