Two years after approving medical marijuana in Missouri, medical cannabis dispensaries are finally beginning to open.
Two cannabis dispensaries have opened in St. Louis, Missouri, each run by a company called N'Bliss, roughly two years after the approval of medical marijuana via a constitutional amendment.
For Missourians hoping to get medical cannabis, they will need to apply for a medical marijuana card by having a qualifying condition, as well as getting approval from their doctor.
"We'll have [raw] flower at first, and then a 'coming soon' section of products," N'Bliss CEO Bradford Goette told Leafly, "out of the gate, there will only be flower available. And then once manufacturing gets up and running, with the trim and biomass available," additional cannabis form factors will be released.
A third dispensary will be opening today, and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services believes the rest of Missouri's 192 approved dispensaries will be opened by New Years.
"Missouri patients have always been our North Star as we work to implement the state's medical-marijuana program," said Dr. Randall Williams, department director on Missouri's newly opened cannabis dispensaries. "We greatly appreciate how hard everyone has worked so that patients can begin accessing a safe and well-regulated program."
Missouri has joined the ranks of states like Vermont, whose Governor recently stated he will legalize recreational cannabis and Maine who similarly enacted recreational marijuana years after having legalized it.
As for the future of cannabis in the U.S., new initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes are constantly arising throughout the country – and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have vowed to decriminalize cannabis federally should they win the upcoming November election.
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