Large multistate marijuana operators and wealthy locals represent a major portion of the roughly 500 applicants seeking medical cannabis business licenses in Missouri.
That’s according to a list sent by the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the newspaper won a lawsuit asking for applicant records.
The newspaper hasn’t yet made the list public, but it did identify Massachusetts-based Curaleaf, which has licenses in 13 states, as one of the major multistate operators applying.
At least nine out-of-state companies have applied for licenses, according to the newspaper, and some of those companies hale from Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The list of applicants also includes Noah’s Arc Foundation and BeLeaf Medical, which are the only two companies in Missouri licensed to grow hemp for CBD production.
Other applicants include Bradford Goette, a board member of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, who wants to open a marijuana-infused products manufacturing company and five dispensaries; a powerful attorney; and a city councilman.